U.S. 117, along with U.S. 158, is one of two US routes remaining wholly within the state of North Carolina. U.S. 117 connects the state port at Wilmington with Interstate 95 near Wilson. The southern end of U.S. 117 was adjusted in 2003 to move the terminus from the Parsley Street Bridge in Wilmington to River Road near the entrance to the port. For much of its route, U.S. 117 follows a two-lane highway paralleling well-traveled Interstate 40. However, between Faison and Wilson, U.S. 117 becomes a multi-lane, divided highway, with some freeway segments.
U.S. 117 Highway Guides
U.S. 117 followed a full freeway from Goldsboro (U.S. 70) northward to U.S. 264 along a 2006-completed freeway. The route was also extended west along side U.S. 264 to I-95 while the former alignment was renumbered as U.S. 117 Alternate. All of this changed in November 2007 with AASHTO-approval of Interstate 795. This action replaced all markers for U.S. 117 from Goldsboro to Wilson and I-95 with I-795 shields. NCDOT subsequently moved U.S. 117 bsck to its old alignment.
Long range plans call for lengthening the Interstate 795 south along U.S. 117 to I-40. A future I-795 corridor sign was installed along U.S. 117 at Goldsboro in 2017.
Page Updated 09-10-2018.