Interstates and Highways in Onslow County

U.S. Highways                        

  • U.S. 17 (4 lanes)
  • U.S. 258 (4 lanes)
  • I-40 runs East/West 35 miles (4-lane access to I-40)
  • I-95 runs North/South 78 miles (4-lane access to I-95)
State Highways
  • N.C. 24 (4 lanes)
  • N.C. 50
  • N.C. 53

Jacksonville's Planned Multi-Modal Transportation Facility


Jacksonville was one of two communities in North Carolina to be awarded grant funds through the discretionary Bus and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program, receiving $4.5 million in Federal funding to construct the Jacksonville Area Multimodal Transportation Center. These funds, along with prior year grants, comprise a majority of the $9 million project budget. The project is fully-funded for construction based on current estimates.

 The Multimodal Center will connect multiple modes of transportation into one location including fixed-route transit, intercity bus, taxis, paratransit, regional rail, bicycle and pedestrian use. The facility will also provide public transportation users with amenities that do not currently exist creating a positive transit gateway for the City of Jacksonville and the community at large. Ultimately, the Center will improve the accessibility, convenience and safety of public transportation options for our community.

Air Travel and Cargo

Albert J. Ellis Airport


OAJ-Ellis Airport is the fastest-growing airport in North Carolina.

Last year, over 313,000 people—business travelers, citizens, military, and visitors—traveled through the airport ,served by Delta Air Lines and American Airlines. Jacksonville, and Onslow County in general, is a destination in and of itself. It is home to the area’s active duty military personnel and their dependents, as well as families, tourists, and business and industry travelers. 

Interested in a flight to Atlanta, Charlotte or anywhere else? Flights leave OAJ-Ellis multiple times daily, bound for Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. By starting your journey at OAJ, you can get almost anywhere in the world from Aruba to Zurich with a simple connection at one of these world-class hubs.


OAJ's General Aviation hub allows individuals and companies to charter an aircraft or rent a private plane. The airport offers a 7,100’ foot runway and three gates.


In November 2018, The Onslow County Board of Commissioners dedicated the nation’s newest Air Traffic Control Tower at the Albert J. Ellis Airport (OAJ). They also shared a clear message with economic investors and CEOs: "Onslow County wants your business."

In 2018, Vidant Medical Center from Greenville, NC and Airlink Vitalink from New Hanover Regional Medical Center based air medical operations here, bringing over 30 new jobs with them.

OAJ supports 370 direct jobs with an additional 2415 indirect jobs, responsible for $95 million in personal income. The airport generates over $15 million in state and local taxes and contributes over $474 million/year in total economic output.

NC Ports

Port of Morehead City

One of the deepest ports on the U.S. East Coast, the Port of Morehead City is located just four miles from the Atlantic Ocean. The port handles both breakbulk and bulk cargo and is the second largest importer in the country for natural rubber. As a leading exporter of phosphate, the Port of Morehead City features a dry-bulk facility with a 225,000-ton capacity warehouse and open dry-bulk storage. Access to Interstates 95 and 40 is available via U.S. Highways 70 and 17 as well as daily train service from Norfolk Southern. The Port of Morehead City continues to improve its facilities to meet customer needs. A 177,000-square foot warehouse is available to house high value commodities such as paper, steel, and lumber. This warehouse features 29-foot ceilings and easy access to ocean berths.

Facts about Port Morehead City and Port Wilmington

Port of Wilmington

The Port of Wilmington is strategically located on the U.S. East Coast. Owned and operated by the North Carolina State Ports Authority, the Port of Wilmington offers terminal facilities serving container, bulk and breakbulk operations. Wilmington is one of the few South Atlantic ports with readily available berths and storage areas for containers and cargo. A 42-foot navigational channel offers customers additional vessel capacity. Readily available modern transit and warehouse facilities, new state-of-the-art Panamax container cranes and support equipment, and the latest in cargo management technology provide a broad platform for supporting international trade to the fast-growing Southeast U.S. market. CSX Transportation provides daily service for boxcar, tanker and general cargo services.