The U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass is a 20-mile bypass of U.S. 70 around Goldsboro – from just west of N.C. 581 in Wayne County to just east of Promise Land Road in Lenoir County – to provide a quicker, safer route for drivers who use U.S. 70 to travel to the Morehead City area, Havelock, Kinston, Goldsboro and Raleigh.
The project is one of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s several improvement projects to the U.S. 70 Corridor, one of the primary east-west corridors across eastern North Carolina.
NCDOT has also identified it as one of three corridors that should be improved to assist economic development in the primarily rural areas of eastern North Carolina.
Project Overview and Purpose
U.S. 70 connects Raleigh and eastern North Carolina. This heavily traveled route runs through the heart of Goldsboro, the home of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. It’s also used by motorists traveling to and from North Carolina’s Crystal Coast. The purpose of the project is to alleviate heavy congestion, improve local access and increase safety along this corridor.
The project is separated into three sections:
Length: 5.9 miles
Cost: $62.4 million
The western section of the bypass, from U.S. 70 west of Goldsboro to Interstate 795, opened to traffic on Oct. 17, 2015. A contract was awarded to S.T. Wooten in July 2012 for construction of the four-lane divided highway, which included interchanges at U.S. 70 and N.C. 581.
Work on this section also included repaving along U.S. 70 from the far western section of the project to Ebenezer Church Road.
Length: 3.9 miles
Cost: $65.5 million
The central section of the bypass runs from I-795 to Wayne Memorial Drive north of Goldsboro and opened to traffic in December 2011.
Tarboro-based Barnhill Contracting Co. was awarded the project in September 2008. It also included building interchanges at I-795, U.S. 117 and Wayne Memorial Drive.
Length: 12.5 miles
Cost: $104.4 million
The eastern section of the U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass was completed in May 2016 and includes interchanges at U.S. 13, Parkstown Road and U.S. 70. NCDOT awarded this section of the project to Barnhill Contracting Co. in February 2012.
Tim Little, P.E.
Division 4 Engineer
509 Ward Blvd.
Wilson, NC 27895
Brandon Herring, P.E.
2861 U.S. 70 West
Smithfield, NC 27577
Resources for Local Property Owners
In many cases, it is inevitable that a certain amount of private property must be acquired. The displacement of homes and businesses is minimized to the extent practicable. The following brochures will answer questions about this process.