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Project Fast Facts
  • Status: Projects Under Development
  • County: Craven
  • Type of Project:
    New Freeway
  • STIP Number: R-1015
  • Estimated Cost:
    $221.26 million
  • Right of Way (ROW)
    Acquisition Start:
    FY 2016
  • Construction: FY 2018
  • Completion Date: FY 2021
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U.S. 70 Havelock Bypass Logo

Project Overview and Purpose

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is currently developing several projects, including the Havelock Bypass, to improve traffic and freight movement along the U.S. 70 Corridor – a major connection from the Morehead City Port to Raleigh – and to assist economic development in eastern North Carolina’s rural areas.

The Havelock Bypass will be a four-lane, median-divided highway that will provide a high-speed alternative to using existing U.S. 70 through Havelock, which is hampered by numerous traffic signals at intersecting side streets.

The bypass will be located on the southwest side of Havelock and existing U.S. 70. It begins north of the Havelock City limits and extends south for approximately 10 miles to north of the Craven-Carteret county line.

News and Updates

Oct. 27, 2015: The Federal Highway Administration approved the Final Environmental Impact Statement, and public feedback on the document is being accepted with a requested due date of Jan. 22, 2016.

Aug. 31, 2015: NCDOT held a public meeting, consisting of an open house and formal presentation, at the Havelock Tourist Center to inform local residents and the business community about the project design and schedule. (View public meeting handout.)

Project Highlights

Environmental Impact Statement Approved

The Federal Highway Administration approved the Final Environmental Impact Statement on Oct. 27, 2015. It is available at the links below and at several locations in or near the study area.

The public is encouraged to review and provide comments on the FEIS. The requested due date is Jan. 22, 2016.

Comments can be submitted using this form and mailing it to:

U.S. 70 Havelock Bypass
John Conforti
NCDOT Project Development Engineer
1548 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1548

Record of Decision

Following the public comment period, NCDOT will consider and address comments and prepare a Record of Decision, which will identify the selected alternative and also discuss all of the alternatives considered during the planning and design process.

The Record of Decision describes all measures taken to avoid and minimize environmental harm as well as programs for the implementation of mitigation measures. It also includes responses to public comments on the FEIS.

Comments received might require additional coordination between NCDOT, the Federal Highway Administration, the U.S. Forest Service and other agencies. As a result, the project schedule is subject to change based on these efforts.

Updates and new information will be added to this Web page as they become available.

Project Schedule

U.S. 70 Havelock Bypass Project Milestones*
Draft Environmental Impact Statement September 2011
Public Hearing Date December 2011
Design Public Meeting Date Aug. 31, 2015
Final Environmental Impact Statement October 2015
Right of Way Acquisition Fiscal Year 2016
Construction Fiscal Year 2018

*Scheduled dates subject to change.

Project Documents & Maps



Contact Information

  • John Conforti, REM
    Project Development Engineer

    (919) 707-6015
    Send a message
    1548 Mail Service Center
    Raleigh, NC 27699-1548

  • John Rouse, P.E.
    Division 2 Engineer

    (252) 439-2800
    Send a message
    1587 Mail Service Center
    Greenville, NC 27835

  • James Speer, P.E.
    Roadway Design Project Engineer
    (919) 707-6320
    Send a message
    1582 Mail Service Center
    Raleigh, NC 27699-1582

  • Diane Wilson
    Public Involvement

    (919) 707-6073
    Send a message
    1598 Mail Service Center
    Raleigh, NC 27699-1598

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.