Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Highway 17

On our way home from Merchants Millpond we commented on how much the roads have improved since we moved here 22 years ago.

Slowly, slowly Hwy 17 is getting four laned.

Thursday at our Swiss Bear Board meeting Marc Findlayson from the Highway 17 Association gave us an update.

They are working on 5 projects on Hwy 17 right now, two are close to New Bern, one south of Chocowinity and the other west of Bridgeton. Unfortunately the section between what they are working on in Bridgeton and Hwy 43 is not funded, nor does it have a date.

Maybe in our lifetime this will be done!

The part that is the most important to us is the section south of New Bern through Jones County which is actually scheduled to be started in 2015, amazing.

I would like to see us put together a Hwy 17 Arts Trail. With shops, galleries and artists from Virginia to Wilmington along the corridor.

Anyone interested besides me?

- Jan Francoeur

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