Balfour Beatty is currently constructing the new US 17 Maysville Bypass highway and structures project in North Carolina’s Cumberland and Sampson Counties. A major transportation link for eastern North Carolina, US 17 connects the area’s military bases and ports. Balfour Beatty is constructing two bypasses around the towns of Maysville and Pollocksville and over 15-miles of roadway.
As part of the project, Balfour Beatty is building 12.3 miles of new four-lane, divided roadways on a predominately green field site. Concurrently, the company is widening three miles of existing two-lane highway to a four-lane divided highway.
The project includes 25 new bridge structures at 14 locations. Six of these bridge locations require temporary work trestle. The bridges include ten sets of mainline duel bridges, five sets over crossroads, four sets over wetlands and waterways and one set to accommodate a wildlife crossing. There are also four crossroad bridges over the new alignment, plus one new ramp bridge. Balfour Beatty is also widening of the existing US 17 northbound bridge over a small creek at the north tie-in to the existing US 17 New Bern Bypass.
When the project is completed in 2021, the entire US Highway 17 corridor will be four lanes in each direction, which will greatly improve mobility throughout the growing community. The bypass will also divert traffic from the small town’s downtown area, making the community safer and more pedestrian-friendly.