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.


Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

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BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

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BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

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BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

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BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

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BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

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Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).



  • 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