Onslow County has more than 25 roadway construction projects slated in the next 10 years, and a key one is expected to be done this spring.

“We’re trying to get ahead of the mobility needs of our community,” Anthony Prinz, Jacksonville Transportation Services administrator, said. “We’re trying to be proactive instead of reactive.”

The projects, which range from bridge construction to road realignment, are funded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

All of these construction projects, Prinz said, deal with congestion and safety concerns.

Here’s a list of all the county’s construction projects, when they’re expected to begin, and how much they’re expected to cost:

Piney Green project

Description: The project turns the two-lane road into a four-lane divided road. The finished road will have a curb and gutter, along with a center grassy median and some places the median is concrete. The project, which has been underway for several years, is expected to be complete this spring. Several sections of the road are open to four lanes, Prinz said, and one of the biggest delays is the contractor has to wait until early spring (around March) to put asphalt on the ground because temperatures are too cool.

Route: Piney Green Road

Construction year: Under construction since 2012

Project expected to cost: $112,000,000

Maysville Bypass

Description: Create a bypass around Maysville. The bypass will be a four-lane, divided road around Maysville and Pollocksville.

Route: North of Maysville to South of N.C. 58

Construction year: 2017

Project cost: $20,350,000

  

Gum Branch turn lanes

Description: Add right and left turn lanes at major intersections of Gum Branch Road. Add paved shoulders and straighten out some curves.

Route: Gum Branch Road

Right-of-way Year: 2018

Construction Year: 2019

Project costs: $8,500,000

Parkway extension

Description: Extend Jacksonville Parkway around Jacksonville Commons to Ramsey Road and include improvements of Ramsey Road to U.S. 17. The road will be four lanes and complete the Jacksonville Bypass.

Route: Jacksonville Parkway Extension

Right-of-way Year: 2023

Construction Year: 2026

Project costs: $79,909,000

Western Boulevard projects

• Intersection with Jacksonville Parkway

Description: Widen existing Western Boulevard intersection to help alleviate traffic. There will also be improvements to the left turn lane from Western Boulevard to Gateway North and Jacksonville Parkway to Western Boulevard and a widening of Gateway South.

Route: Western Boulevard

Right-of-way Year: 2018

Construction Year: 2020

Project costs: $3,585,000

• Turn lanes to Henderson Drive

Description: The project would add two dual left turn lanes from Marine Boulevard to Henderson Drive.

Route: U.S. 17 Business (Marine Boulevard)

Right-of-way Year: 2023

Construction Year: 2025

Project costs: $500,000

• Median

Description: The project would construct a landscaped center median on Western Boulevard.

Route: Western Boulevard

Right-of-way Year: 2019

Construction year: 2021

Project costs: $15,532,000

• Commerce Drive extension

Description: Extend Commerce Drive from where it is now to Piney Green.

Route: Commerce Drive

Right-of-way Year: 2020

Construction Year: 2022

Project costs: $3,772,000

• Trade Street extension

Description: The project will extend the current two-lane road from the Jacksonville Parkway to McDaniel Drive, which is behind Walmart.

Route: Trade Street

Right-of-way Year: 2019

Construction Year: 2021

Project Costs: $3,357,000

Marine Boulevard projects

• Ramp

Description: The project would build an on ramp from Marine Boulevard heading from downtown Jacksonville to the Jacksonville Parkway.

Route: U.S. 17

Right-of-way Year: 2024

Construction Year: 2026

Project costs: $17,000,000 

• Intersection with Bell Fork Road

Description: The project would widen the intersection of Bell Fork Road and create two left turn lanes from Marine Boulevard to Gum Branch Road, as well as a right turn lane onto Bell Fork Road from Marine Boulevard.

Route: U.S. 17 Business (Marine Boulevard)

Right-of-way Year: 2018

Construction year: 2020

Project costs: $2,040,000

U.S. 258 interchange

Description: At the intersection of U.S. 258, N.C. 53, and N.C. 24, a grade separated interchange will be built. It would include a bridge and ramps to do all the turning movement. The bridge would allow one road to go over another.

Route: U.S. 258

Right-of-way Year: 2018

Construction Year: 2021

Project costs: $14,614,000

N.C. 24 projects

• Median

Description: The project constructs a center median from Pony Farm Road to Burgaw Highway.

Route: N.C. 24

Right-of-way Year: 2019

Construction Year: 2021

Project costs: $37,416,000 

• Safety

Description: The project would convert some of the median roadways on N.C. 24 to make them safer and modify existing driveways to make the road safer and more efficient.

Route: N.C. 24

Right-of-way Year: 2020

Construction year: 2022

Project costs: $54,029,000

• Storm drainage

Description: The project upgrades storm drainage infrastructure to prevent flooding.

Route: N.C. 24

Right-of-way Year: 2019

Construction year: 2021

Project costs: $2,820,000

Ridge Road realignment

Description: The project would realign Ridge Road with Blue Creek Road and construct a traffic signal.

Route: U.S. 258

Right-of-way Year: 2018

Construction Year: 2018

Project costs: $1,100,000

U.S. 17 projects

• Widening project

Description: The project would widen U.S. 17 to south of Old Folkstone Road to multi-lanes.

Route: N.C. 210

Right-of-way Year: 2025

Construction year: 2027

Project costs: $46,798,000

• New River Air Station interchange

Description: The project would construct an interchange with a bridge over a road with ramps at the Marine Corps Air Station New River main gate.

Route:  U.S. 17

Right-of-way Year: 2019

Construction Year: 2020

Project costs: $25,824,000

• Intersection

Description: The project will widen the intersection of U.S. 17 and Western Boulevard. There will be a three-lane roadway north and south with improvements to the turn lanes. The project will add additional turn lanes and lengthen the current ones.

Route: U.S. 17 at Western Boulevard and Piney Green Road

Right-of-way Year: 2018

Construction Year: 2019

Project costs: $1,396,000

Harris Creek bridge

Description: The project would replace bridge No. 660071 over Harris Creek.

Route: Harris Creek Road

Right-of-way Year: 2024

Construction Year: 2025

Project costs: $1,059,000

White Oak River bridge

Description: The project would replace bridge No. 660010 over White Oak River.

Route: Emmett Lane

Right-of-way Year: 2023

Construction year: 2024

Project costs: $1,980,000

Queens Creek bridge

Description: The project would replace bridge No. 660077 over Queens Creek.

Route: Queens Creek Road

Right-of-way Year: 2024

Construction year: 2025

Project costs: $10,600,000

Airport construction

• TIP: AV-5733

Description: The project will design and construct Runway 23 holding apron.

Route: Albert J. Ellis Airport

Construction Year: 2017

Project costs: $750,000

• TIP: AV-5809

Description: The project will realign and extend the access roadway into the airport, as well as add some additional uses and have better circulation on the property.

Route: Albert J. Ellis Airport

Construction year: 2027

Project costs: $300,000

• TIP: AV-5806

Description: This project will extend runway 23 and the taxiway by 900 feet, so the airport can land larger aircraft during the summer months. Because of the change in air density during the summer months, the airport needs to have a bigger runway to be able to get larger aircraft to take off.

Route: Albert J. Ellis Airport

Construction year: 2025

Project costs: $1,050,000

• TIP: AV-5805

Description: The project will acquire land for its runway extension and roadway relocation

Route: Albert J. Ellis Airport

Right-of-way Year: 2023

Construction year: BLANK

Project costs: $698,000

• TIP: AV-5804

Description: The project will relocate/realign State Route 111 in order to extend the runway.

Route: Albert J. Ellis Airport

Right-of-way Year: 2023

Construction year: BLANK

Project costs: $300,000

For more information about the projects, visit JUMPO-NC.org or Connect.NCDOT.gov/projects/planning/Pages/State-Transportation-Improvement-Program.aspx.