RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation
today will permanently close access to Promise Land Road north of U.S. 70 in Lenoir County, west of LaGrange. The closure is necessary for the construction of the eastern section of the U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass from east of Wayne Memorial Drive in Goldsboro to U.S. 70, just east of Promise Land Road. Work will start at the eastern side of this section of the bypass and move west towards Goldsboro.Once access to Promise Land Road is closed, traffic on U.S. 70 will not be able to travel north on Promise Land Road; however, eastbound U.S. 70 traffic will still be able to turn right and westbound U.S. 70 traffic will still be able to turn left to travel south on Promise Land Road. Motorists on Promise Land Road traveling south towards U.S. 70 will have to turn around approximately 1,000 feet north of U.S. 70. An area has been constructed on Promise Land Road near the north end of the closure for southbound traffic to turn around. A $104.4 million design-build contract was awarded to Barnhill Contracting Co. of Tarboro in February 2012 for this 12.5-mile section of the U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass. Interchanges will be constructed at U.S. 13, Parkstown Road and U.S. 70. The entire bypass is being constructed in three sections. Once complete, the 20-mile bypass will span from U.S. 70 just west of N.C. 581 in Wayne County to U.S. 70 just east of Promise Land Road in Lenoir County. The estimated cost for the entire project is $246 million.The first 3.9-mile section of the bypass, signed as N.C.44, opened to traffic in December 2011 from Interstate 795 to Wayne Memorial Drive north of Goldsboro. Once the east and west sections are complete, this section will be resigned as the U.S. 70 Bypass. A $62.4 million contract was awarded to S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson in July 2012 for construction of the 5.9-mile western section of the bypass. This section of the four-lane divided highway, which is currently under construction, will go from U.S. 70 west of Goldsboro to I-795. Interchanges will be constructed at U.S. 70 and N.C. 581. Crews are currently ahead of schedule and are working on constructing bridges. Completion of the east and west sections is scheduled for summer 2015. For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type "m.ncdot.gov" into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.