Highway 17 Project In Beaufort County Past Deadline

A major highway expansion project continues to be a headache and hazard for residents who live near it. They say the longer it takes, the more dangerous its becomes.

The Highway 17 South widening project outside of Chocowinity in Beaufort County was slated to end in December of 2010. Now, two months later, the orange cones and barrels are still blocking the road.

The four lane highway expansion project toward Craven County is still incomplete and residents we spoke to say some days they hardly see crews on the job. Lane shifts and road closures, continue three years after the construction began.

NC DOT in Raleigh tells us there were unforseen problems and weather delays that put crews behind. They expect the highway to open at the end of May.

According to the state, Roberson Contracting Company will be charged for not completing the project in time.

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  • by get it on Feb 21, 2011 at 05:40 PM
    The entire project was a waste of taxpayers money and just lined the pockets of a friends of Author Williams. The major two properties that were purchased were owned by the Gerards, at the beginning of the bypass and at the end of the bypass, of course, Mr. Williams good friends.
  • by amazed on Feb 21, 2011 at 06:08 AM
    A bridge, thru a swamp and over a river, has been finished for over a year. NCDOT, I hereby lay this in your lap. Hire someone, anyone and get it finished! Bring in crews from all over the state and make it happen. Enough already! How easy it would be to open the east lanes to two way traffic and get rid of the switchbacks. Looking daily at this eyesore is why people have no faith in govt. Way too many people STANDING in the same place day after day after day....
  • by Anonymous on Feb 20, 2011 at 08:38 PM
    WHy are the driveways not finished in some places, tile installed in the ground atleast the rock fro the foundation of the road brought to grade? It has been cold but not to cold for some of these things to be done.
  • by To Did you know? Location: Ahoskie on Feb 19, 2011 at 09:38 PM
    You are incorrect-the state says the temperature has to be above 35 degrees before asphalt can be lied not 45. My husband works for a local company and has for the past 10 plus years as the plant operator.
  • by By The Hour on Feb 19, 2011 at 09:53 AM
    Looks like they get paid by the hour. When you see anyone "working" they move like they can barely get around. Milking it for all it's worth and more. I was told the fences were there to keep the deer off the highway. Like a deer can't jump a 4 ft fence. I they would put forth the same effort as putting fence up and that expense the road would have been completed by now.
  • by wook wa Location: wilson on Feb 19, 2011 at 09:45 AM
    Seems most everything takes longer down here. Just the nature of the place I guess.
  • by To Did you know? on Feb 19, 2011 at 12:13 AM Location: Hwy 17 on Feb 19, 2011 at 07:33 AM
    My life is what I'm trying to keep!!! I travel that stretchof highway to New Bern for work everyday. The near misses that I've seen are terrifying. The lane change markers are terrible. The barrels are confusing. There is no reason that couldn't have already been completed. The temperature on the other side of Washington has been the same or near the same as on this side of Chocowinity. That stretch of highway has been completed for a long time. I don't think my life is dull. It may not be the most exciting in the world, but it's mine and I'd really like to keep it!
  • by bills Location: washington on Feb 19, 2011 at 06:47 AM
    The problem is that DOT lets projects to the lowest bidder. That in itself wouldn't so bad except the contracts and how they are written allows all kinds of ways for the contractor to take the state to the cleaners. For example, look at the bridge over Pantego Creek in Belhaven. The construction plans were approved and permitted to have a temporary work bridge built next to the new bridge. The contract was written wide open to allow the contractor to bid at the cost of doing the job using a work bridge. We are talking big bucks here. The job gets let, the contractor changes the methodology to working from a barge, he gets paid to be building a work bridge, but instead he pockets the money the state paid to build the work bridge. No control over the contract or any changes. If DOT did a better job of using all of its existing engineering sources to write contracts, the state might be able to save the money the contractors are collecting.
  • by It's funny Location: Choco on Feb 18, 2011 at 09:27 PM
    That's what NC gets for selecting a up from nowhere low bid company to do the job!
  • by Did you know? on Feb 18, 2011 at 09:13 PM
    That the NCDOT will not let a company lay asphalt if the temperature is below 45 degrees? It is their spec. If you remember, we began getting weather below 45 very early in December. This why there were weather delays. As far as fences, if there is not a driveway, then this shows where the highway right of way ends and private property begins. Is there anything else you would like to complain about? People just hate changes in their dull lives, so they have to complain about them. Get a life.
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