Project Overview and Purpose
Work is underway on a four-lane 12.4-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 2019, the Greenville Southwest Bypass will relieve congestion and improve safety in Greenville – particularly on Memorial Drive (N.C. 11) and Stantonsburg Road (U.S. 254 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.
In May 2015, the N.C. Department of Transportation awarded Barnhill Contracting, of Tarboro, a $159 million construction contract on the 12.9-mile Greenville Southwest Bypass – a four-lane, median-divided highway that can only be accessed via interchanges.
The project is being constructed using a method called "design-build," which allows the design, environmental permitting, right-of-way acquisition, utility relocation and construction 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.
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.
|Environmental Assessment complete
Preferred alternatives identified
|Record of Decision
|Right of way acquisition
* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change
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Raleigh, NC 27699-1595
Division 2 Engineer
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105 Pactolus Hwy. (NC 33)
Greenville, NC 27835
Resources for Local Property Owners
In many cases, it is inevitable that a certain amount of private property must be acquired. The displacement of homes and businesses is minimized to the extent practicable. The following brochures will answer questions about this process.