RALEIGH - With a long winter now in the rear-view mirror, crews on the eastern section of the U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass are continuing to make strides towards completion of this section of the project, currently scheduled for early 2016.
Starting Saturday, April 18, traffic on Beston Road, west of LaGrange, will shift from the temporary detour route to the new permanent location, which includes a bridge carrying traffic over the future site of the bypass.
Crews with Barnhill Contracting Co. of Tarboro had originally constructed a temporary detour for Beston Road traffic so the new bridge and roadway could be constructed.
This shift was originally scheduled to take place next week, but due to the weather, crews were able to perform the traffic shift early.
The N.C. Department of Transportation
awarded a $104.4 million design-build contract to Barnhill Contracting Co. in February 2012 for the 12.5-mile eastern section of the bypass. Interchanges will be constructed at U.S. 13, Parkstown Road and U.S. 70. This project is currently scheduled to be completed by early 2016. Upon completion of this section of the bypass, the central section will be resigned and the entire U.S. 70 Bypass will be complete.
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.
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 $62.4 million contract was awarded to S.T. Wooten in July 2012 for the construction of the 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. This section of the project is currently scheduled to be complete this fall.
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