U.S. 17

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Cape Fear Memorial Bridge at Wilmington
The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge carries U.S. 17-76-421 across the Cape Fear River from Eagle Island in Brunswick County and Wilmington in New Hanover County. Photo taken 05/29/05.

U.S. 17 runs along coastal areas of eastern North Carolina between Shallotte and Elizabeth City. Traveling 284 miles across the state, U.S. 17 connects popular beach communities such as Topsail Beach and Surf City, Wilmington and its state port, and military bases at both Jacksonville and New Bern. North from Williamston, U.S. 17 is a part of the Interstate 87 corridor established between Raliegh and Hampton Roads, Virginia. The four-lane highway connects a number of small cities off Albemarle Sound including Edenton, Hertford and Winfall. Freeway bypasses that will be incorporated into I-87 take U.S. 17 around Windsor and Elizabeth City.

U.S. 17 North Carolina Guides

U.S. 17 through the Wilmington area was realigned in 2006 following completion of the Dan Cameron Bridge (I-140) across the Northeast Cape Fear River. The highway shifted north to bypass the city along side a combination of U.S. 74, U.S. 421 and Interstate 140 east. The in-city route was redesignated as an extension of U.S. 17 Business east from Downtown and west across the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge onto Eagle Island. This changed with AASHTO approval on May 15, 2015. U.S. 17 was subsequently relocated from the Wilmington Bypass (I-140/NC 140) back onto portions of its previous route, with the exception that it overlaps with U.S. 76 along Oleander Road to Military Cutoff. Sign changes had yet to be implemented following the December 19, 2017 completion of I-140 around Wilmington.

    Connect with:
    Interstate 140
    U.S. 64
    U.S. 70
    U.S. 74
    U.S. 76
    U.S. 421

    Page Updated 09-11-2018.