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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