U.S. 70 Improvements in New Bern/James City
Type: Highway Improvements
Affected County: Craven
U.S. 70 Improvements in New Bern/James City is a 2.5 mile long project that stretches from Garner Road to the Neuse River Bridge. This project is one part of the U.S. 70 Corridor Improvement Project- which stretches from Raleigh to Morehead City, North Carolina. The U.S. 70 Corridor is one of the primary east-west corridors across eastern NC. By improving this corridor, NCDOT also anticipates economic development in the predominately rural parts of eastern NC.
In order to improve traffic flow in this area, significant modifications will be made to the interchanges at Williams, Airport and Grantham roads. Right of way acquisition and construction are set to begin in 2021. The project is estimated to cost $66 million and construction is expected to take up to five years.
As of January 2018, there were four possible design plans that included alternatives for interchanges along US 70 to either be above or below current grade. These alternatives were created after receiving feedback from community members after the proposed project was presented. Maps of these 4 alternatives may be viewed below.
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