RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation early Friday morning will permanently close access to Riverbend Road directly from U.S. 70 west of Goldsboro in Wayne County. The closure is necessary for crews to construct the new alignment for the western section of the U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass.
Once the closure is in place, motorists on U.S. 70 will take N.C. 581 North to access Riverbend Road. A map of this location and detour route can be found here.
This pattern will be in place until a service road connecting U.S. 70 to Riverbend Road is completed. The service road is tentatively scheduled for completion in January 2014, weather permitting.
A $62.4 million contract was awarded to S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson in July 2012 for this 5.9-mile western section of the U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass. The four-lane divided highway will go from U.S. 70 west of Goldsboro to Interstate 795. Interchanges will be constructed at U.S. 70 and N.C. 581.
The U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass is a three-part project estimated to cost a total of $246 million. 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. Crews are scheduled to complete the remaining sections of the bypass by summer 2015.
The first 3.9-mile section of the bypass, signed as N.C.44, opened to traffic in December 2011 from I-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 $104.4 million design-build contract was awarded to Barnhill Contracting Co. of Tarboro in February 2012 for construction of the 12.5-mile eastern section of the bypass. Interchanges will be constructed at U.S. 13, Parkstown Road and U.S. 70.
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