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Project Fast Facts
  • Status: Projects Under Construction
  • County: Pitt
  • Type of Project: Roadway Improvements
  • STIP Number: R-2250
  • Estimated Cost: $231.8 million (includes $159 million for construction)
  • Project Team: Barnhill Contracting
  • Property Acquisition Start: January 2015
  • Start Date: September 2016
  • Expected Completion Date: June 2020
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Project Overview and Purpose

Work is underway on a four-lane 12.6-mile freeway that will begin approximately 2 miles south of Ayden on N.C. 11, wrap around the west side of Ayden and Winterville and end at the U.S. 264 Bypass west of Greenville.

Expected to be complete in June 2020, the Greenville Southwest Bypass will relieve congestion and improve safety in Greenville – particularly on Memorial Drive (N.C. 11) and Stantonsburg Road (U.S. 264 Business). The new roadway will also help improve travel time along the U.S. 264/N.C. 11 corridor.

The local economy will also benefit from the highway's five interchanges, which have the potential to spur commercial and residential development.

Project Highlights

In May 2015, the N.C. Department of Transportation awarded to the project team of Barnhill Contracting, Sanford Contractors and HDR a $159 million contract for the design and construction of the Greenville Southwest Bypass.

The 12.6-mile bypass will be a four-lane, median-divided highway that can only be accessed via interchanges.

It is being built using a method called "design-build," which allows the design, construction and other aspects of the project to take place at the same time under one contract.

This method reduces overall construction time, helps NCDOT avoid cost inflation, allows the contractor to make innovations that save taxpayers money, lessens environmental impact and alleviates driving delays for motorists.

Project History

NCDOT completed a Final Environmental Impact Statement in December 2007, which provided details all of the possible options – referred to as alternatives –that were studied as part of the project as well as all of the impacts of each alternative.

In 2008, NCDOT released a Record of Decision – which provides details about what the selected alternative is and why it was chosen.

Although the bypass will go through the Renston Rural Historic District-located southwest of Winterville – the design was modified in 2007 to lessen the impact on the district, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The design changes included removing a proposed interchange at N.C. 903 and shifting the alignment of the bypass eastward.

Project Timeline

Milestone Date*
Environmental Assessment complete
Preferred alternatives identified
December 2007
Record of Decision August 2008
Right of way acquisition January 2015
Construction September 2016
Project complete June 2020

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Project Documents

Contact Information

David Hering
Design-Build Squad Leader
(919) 707-6617
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1595 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1595

Preston Hunter,P.E.
Division 2 Engineer
(252) 775-6100
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2815 Pouse Road Ext
Kinston, NC 28504

Resources for Local Property Owners

Although the N.C. Department of Transportation works to minimize the number of homes and businesses displaced by a road project, it is inevitable, in many cases, that a certain amount of private property is needed. The following information explains right of way acquisition and answers questions about the process.