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Kinston Bypass

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​The proposed Kinston Bypass would be a four-lane, median divided freeway (accessible via ramps at interchanges) that extends approximately 21 miles from U.S. 70 near La Grange (in Lenoir County) to U.S. 70 near Dover (on the Jones-Craven county line). 

The project has a design speed of 70 mph and, when complete, would help reduce traffic congestion and delays that currently exist along U.S. 70 in Lenoir, Jones and Craven counties.​

The N.C. Department of Transportation selected Alternative 1SB as the Preferred Alternative, for the future bypass. NCDOT is evaluating three design options for upgrading the highway’s current at-grade intersection with Wyse Fork Road/Caswell Station Road in Jones County.​

This project will be reprioritized for funding in the next State Transportation Improvement Program​. A schedule for right of way, utilities and/or construction has not been finalized at this time. However, preliminary engineering activities (design, planning, environmental studies) needed for project development are underway.​

Get a Virtual Tour

NCDOT’s virtual room provides an interactive way to see the Kinston Bypass preliminary design. Visitors can scroll through the project area, zoom in on areas of interest as well as view maps and videos. 

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Project Funding

This project is listed as Project R-2553 in the N.C. Department of Transportation's State Transportation Improvement Program and is partially funded. The total cost of the project is estimated to be $716.2 million.​

​Estimated Cost*
​Intelligent Transportation Systems
​Utility cost
​Right of way cost
​Construction costs
​Mitigation cost 
​Total cost ​$716,170,000​

4/2/2024 10:34 AM