Kitty Hawk interchange, second passenger ferry in new NCDOT plan

By on September 1, 2018

The NCDOT has announced several major local projects that could begin over the next decade, including an interchange at U.S. 158 and N.C. 12 in Kitty Hawk.

As part of the annual update to the highway department’s 10-year planning document, known as the Strategic Transportation Improvement Plan, projects are scored on a state, regional and local impact level.

In addition to the interchange beginning as early as 2019, the update includes widening U.S. 158 between Barco and Belcross as early as 2025 and a second passenger ferry to run between Hatteras and Ocracoke, as soon as 2027.

The all will be placed on the STIP, which will allow for funds to be budgeted for planning, right-of-way acquisition and then eventual construction.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Short Cut Road to superstreet configuration – $91.6 million – right of way 2023, construction 2025
  • Second passenger ferry, Hatteras dock parking lot – $6.5 million – construction 2027
  • Kitty Hawk interchange – $32.2 million – right of way 2027, construction 2029

An environmental review is under way for the proposed Mid-Currituck Bridge. A timeline for the project is pending approval of the review.





  • Windy Bill

    What good will a Kitty Hawk interchange do? The backups are caused by road inadequacies north of there. Fix those and there will be little backup at much less cost.
    But, we could claim “The interchange to Nowhere!”.

    Saturday, Sep 1 @ 1:50 pm
  • sortudo

    Put the money toward the Mid Currituck County Bridge!
    Decision should be released within 22 days. NCDOT promised by summer the announcement during a Spring Currituck County Board Meeting.

    Saturday, Sep 1 @ 5:24 pm
  • pilotbk

    How about fixing the rough ride across the causeway bridge.
    The widening of highway between Manns Harbor and Columbia.

    Saturday, Sep 1 @ 9:30 pm
  • stephen

    I agree with Windy Bill. The main bottleneck on NC 12 North is in the Town of Duck, with visitors checking in and checking out, and with eight (8) pedestrian cross walks. Perhaps a few less crosswalks, or some control over them like periodic “Walk/Don’t Walk” signals might help, but I doubt it.

    Sunday, Sep 2 @ 9:21 am

    The pedestrian walkways in Duck are the cause of the backups on 12 during the summer on Saturdays and Sundays.
    These walkways should have pedestrian signals that are timed to allow for traffic flow so pedestrians do not cross at will.

    Sunday, Sep 2 @ 11:19 am
  • Ted

    Bypass Duck

    Sunday, Sep 2 @ 5:00 pm
  • DS

    The Kitty Hawk intersection was enlarged (poorly) then NCDOT did a “fix” and now they’re going to “fix” it again. Whalebone Junction was poorly planned and “fixed”; Midway is so dangerous it seems like to me that NCDOT needs to hire new engineers…

    Monday, Sep 3 @ 9:56 am
  • hightider

    No one cares about any of these alleged “future” projects. We are still waiting on an announcement for the Mid Currituck Bridge that has been dragged out for years. Every six months the lying bureaucrats and pols allege an announcement will be forthcoming in six months. We are still waiting.

    Tuesday, Sep 4 @ 3:59 am
  • Manteoer

    Pirates cove bridge is a joke compared to the rest of the ones around here and it has gone untouched unlike the newer bridges. It’s compared to potholes!!

    Tuesday, Sep 4 @ 6:33 am
  • Frank Moore

    I agree with DS completely except for one statement he said. He says NCDOT needs to hire new engineers, what they need to do is to hire competent engineers who see the BIG picture, not just one intersection at a time !! This is obvious by the way many of NCDOT projects d-r-a-g out and end up when finished (?) Just my thought and you have yours. The Wright Memorial Bridge, improvement ?, comes to mind.

    Tuesday, Sep 4 @ 10:29 am
  • Part Time OBX'er

    No money will be devoted to the ‘Duck’ issue until a final determination is made on the Mid-Currituck Bridge! Once its approved, the ‘Duck’ issue will no longer be an issue. If the MCD doesn’t come to fruition, then they will have to fix the Duck issue either by pedestrian bridges, less crosswalks, more lanes, etc. Its all a big wait-and-see approach.

    Tuesday, Sep 4 @ 1:39 pm
  • Steve

    Let’s hope the mid-bridge does not happen, that would be the final nail in the coffin for the northern villages.

    Thursday, Sep 6 @ 12:17 pm