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Local, State Leaders Break Ground on U.S. 17 Widening Project

WILLIAMSTON, NC — An $86-million project to widen 10.6 miles of U.S. 17 in Martin and Beaufort counties is officially underway today after a groundbreaking event in Williamston.

Local leaders from Martin and Beaufort counties joined representatives from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) in the ceremony at the intersection of U.S. 17 and Joe Mobley Road.

The project will widen the highway to four lanes from N.C. 171 near the community of Old Ford to the existing four lanes just south of Williamston.

“This improved highway will be a vital corridor for northeastern North Carolina,” said Joey Hopkins, NCDOT’s Chief Operating Officer. “It will help create economic opportunities for agriculture, manufacturing, military growth, and tourism.”

Pre-construction work is already underway on the project, which is scheduled to be complete by the summer of 2026.

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