Businesses Negatively Impacted By Highway 17 Bypass In Beaufort Co.

Businesses along one North Carolina highway say potential customers are passing them by, and they say the Highway 17 bypass in Beaufort County is to blame.

The Harbor District Alliance and Tourism Board are sending out a message, hoping to steer drivers to Washington.

The agencies surveyed companies along the business route in Washington and Chocowinity and all but one business reported a noticeable drop in sales since the bypass was completed.

The new billboard campaign cost about $15,000 and includes five signs to the north and south of Washington to help convince travelers to stop and explore Washington and Chocowinity.


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  • by meerkat Location: blounts creek on Mar 22, 2011 at 06:17 AM
    I've moved here about a year ago, and some have told me that Washington use to be a thriving place. Now it looks like a place where crime can happen any minute. Theres no place at all for kids/family to have fun or hangout. That leaves them to doing criminal things that we all hate to happen. Which in turn causes us tax payer to fix. Bravo, to the county ppl who said no to all these wonderful places for kids. The county is dying and we couldn't have done it without you!
  • by Unpretentious Location: Washington, NC on Mar 15, 2011 at 01:33 PM
    Is it just me or isn't the word bypass self defining? If Washington supported businesses instead of amphitheatres (really does anyone remember the last time they went to one?) perhaps we might begin to thrive again. This city is run by a handful of bosses who pick and choose those enterprises they find acceptable. Recently a skateboard shop was turned down by these idiots who think children and their sport is threatening. Lets keep downtown free of any fun. Does it occur to anyone we have a skateboard park and it would be convienient to shop here rather than Greenville? How about Tattoos, no City bosses have any? Undue influence or thriving business. Why discourage what is popular for what is status quo. We are in 2011, time for our town bosses to step into the 21st century and instead of recycling the same old stuff. Instead reduce red tape and encourage business. Didn't Stan Deathridge offer new solutions to old problems? Isn't he the same guy who caused the problems? Wake up!
  • by sam on Mar 9, 2011 at 08:40 AM
    I was actually hoping the traffic would be less than it is now. Maybe after a while people will stop driving through washington all together as they get used to the new bypass.
  • by citizen Location: bc on Mar 8, 2011 at 09:57 PM
    unfortunately,due to beaufort county's doubling and tripling tax's.washingtons little power company gouging people for a extra average 21% on bills, just like the bypass people are leaving and the area is dieing.i used to wonder why no decent resturants came here example outback,olive garden i now know after seeing the last few years here that they have really done there research and know not to come to this area.the roads the least of the problems.
  • by Lisa Location: Choco on Mar 8, 2011 at 08:04 PM
    People would come to Washington if there were more to see and do. The bypass makes little difference with a downtown that is already dying.
  • by James Location: New Bern on Mar 8, 2011 at 06:54 PM
    The only thing I ever stop in Washington for anyway is Bill's Hot Dogs. Is there any other reason to go to Washington ?
  • by To PC on Mar 8, 2011 at 06:42 PM
    It's not all that bad, I drive to Greenville too. Where do you go toward 264 that you don't have turn lanes? It's a straight shot, leave home a little earlier!
  • by No One Location: Eastern NC on Mar 8, 2011 at 06:02 PM
    I was told in the past that a business has to be able to survive with local business. Any extra that comes from people traveling through and stopping in was like the extra gravy. If you can't make it on local business - you're not going to make it anyway. Now Washington is just beginning to see how many other towns around here are doing. I still haven't figured out why 64 didn't bypass Plymouth on the way to Basnight's place. If Washington wants to attract business into the town, it has to have something to attract people to start with and it doesn't. It's just an ordinary little residential town that feeds Greenville like all the rest of us around here do. Come up with an attraction (but tell those people in Sound Off to get real and forget about a battleship).
  • by PC on Mar 8, 2011 at 03:47 PM
    I must drive thru Washington on hwy 264 5 days a week on my way to Greenville to work and I hate it. It would be great if there was a bypass around it. Washington has no middle turning lanes, not enough turn lights for those turning left where they are needed, and you only have one lane to drive in when it rains. I love the people but the driving conditions are horrible.
  • by Mike Location: Enc on Mar 8, 2011 at 02:53 PM
    Get over it.
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