Barbara Lee is concerned planned road work in the Sneads Ferry area won’t improve traffic in the area.

The Old Folkstone Road resident said she’s concerned the construction will divert traffic to other roads, where drivers can avoid having to make a U-turn onto U.S. 17. Although the project won’t affect her property, she said it should help improve traffic in the area.

The project, set to begin in 2020,  would create a superstreet, Jacksonville Transportation Administrator Anthony Prinz said. The superstreet would allow travelers to turn left, right, or straight off of U.S. 17; however, side streets, like Old Folkstone Road, will have to turn right, then make a U-turn in order to travel south on U.S. 17. The U-turn movements are regulated with traffic lights.

Prinz said residents are usually concerned until superstreets go into effect.

“When safety issues come up, a superstreet ... is the preferred treatment because it’s the safest and most efficient design for the main line,” he said, adding that there aren’t many routes in the area to get from Sneads Ferry to U.S. 17, so if the traffic is diverted, it will likely go to the intersection of N.C. 210 and U.S. 17. Because of how that intersection is set up, he said it wouldn’t be a big concern to see an increase in traffic.

Holly Ridge Mayor Anita Dingler recommended NCDOT include an acceleration lane for the turns onto U.S. 17 to accommodate high traffic.

After hearing how the project is designed to increase safety in the area, Dingler said “it’s going to be a lot better than what’s out there now.”

Prinz encouraged the community to share positive feedback, as well as any negative feedback, because positive feedback can help move a project up. Positive feedback, he said, helped to move the Ridge Road realignment forward by years. He said he hoped NCDOT would be able to move the superstreet project forward to 2018.

Public comments should be submitted by Feb. 21 and can be sent to David Leonard, Division 3, division design construct engineer at