Shift part of U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass constructionRALEIGH - Starting Friday, weather permitting, traffic on U.S. 70 West near La Grange in Lenoir County will be shifted to its new permanent traffic pattern at the eastern end of the future U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass. Should it rain on Friday, the shift will be rescheduled for this weekend.Westbound traffic on U.S. 70 will be shifted from its existing pattern near Promise Land Road to new lanes where the road crosses the bypass. Traffic will go up a slight hill, over the new bridge that goes over the bypass and then back down to the original alignment of U.S. 70.This shift is part of the construction of the 12.5-mile-long eastern section of the bypass. The N.C. Department of Transportation awarded a $104.4 million design-build contract to Barnhill Contracting Co. in February 2012 for this section of the project. Interchanges will be constructed at U.S. 13, Parkstown Road and U.S. 70. This section of the bypass is currently scheduled to be completed by June 2016. In addition to making this shift, crews have finished construction of most of the bridges along this section of the bypass, with the exception of the bridge at Hare Road and the bridge over the railroad.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. A $62.4 million contract was awarded to S.T. Wooten in July 2012 for the construction of the 5.9-mile-long western section of the 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. Work is currently wrapping up on this section of the bypass. Signage is being put in place and pavement markings will be laid in the coming weeks. In addition, repaving is also taking place along U.S. 70 from the far western section of the project to Ebenezer Church Road. The western section of the bypass is currently scheduled to open to traffic this fall. 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.
U.S. 70 Corridor