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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
  • Property Acquisition Start: FY 2016
  • Start Date: February 2019
  • Completion Date: 2022
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Project Overview and Purpose

Planning is underway to build a bypass on the southwest side of Havelock and U.S. 70 beginning north of the Havelock city limit and extending south approximately 10 miles to north of the Craven-Carteret county line.

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

The roadway will help improve traffic and freight movement along the U.S. 70 Corridor – a major connection from the Morehead City Port to Raleigh – and assist economic development in eastern North Carolina’s rural areas.

Project Highlights

The 10.3-mile U.S. 70 Havelock Bypass will be a four-lane divided freeway with a 46-foot median and design speeds of 70 mph.

The Federal Highway Administration on Dec. 16, 2016, approved the Record of Decision for the design, clearing the way for the N.C. Department of Transportation to award a contract for the project's design and construction.

Required under the National Environmental Policy Act, the Record of Decision explains why NCDOT selected the alternative it did for the project and discusses other alternatives considered during the planning and design process.

The preferred alternative – identified as Alternative 3 – was selected because it:

  • Provides the best balance of minimizing impacts to natural and human environmental resources, the Croatan National Forest and the city of Havelock
  • Is the least costly alternative
  • Has a small number of relocations
  • Minimizes habitat fragmentation effects
  • Is conducive to prescribed burning, which allows the U.S. Forest Service to manage essential habitats
  • Has the least amount of stream impacts
  • Has a "middle ground" impact to prime farmlands and riparian buffers, meaning it has greater impacts than Alternative 1, but less than Alternative 2. The preferred alternative balances slightly higher impacts to these resources against the greater effect to the Croatan Forest and endangered species associated with Alternative 1

Project History

In April 2018, the N.C. Department of Transportation and the Sierra Club, signed a settlement agreement allowing NCDOT to proceed with the U.S. 70 Havelock Bypass while addressing project-related conservation concerns associated with the Croatan National Forest and providing resources for long-term protection of the forest.

The agreement, stemming from a 2016 federal lawsuit against NCDOT, the Federal Highway Administration and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, means the project can proceed once all permits are obtained.


Project Timeline

Milestone Dates*
Draft Environmental Impact Statement approved September 2011
Public hearing December 2011
Design public meeting Aug. 31, 2015
Final Environmental Impact Statement approved Oct. 27, 2015
Record of Decision issued December 2016
Construction begins February 2019
Construction complete 2022

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Project Documents

Record of Decision

Final Environmental Impact Statement

Aug. 31, 2015, Public Meeting

Legal Documents

Contact Information

John Conforti, REM
Project Development Engineer
(919) 707-6015
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1548 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1548

Bill Kincannon, P.E.
Division Construction Engineer
(252) 439-2840
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PO Box 1587
Greenville, NC 27835

Gary Lovering, P.E.
Roadway Design Project Engineer
(919) 707-6271
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1582 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1582

Diane Wilson
Public Involvement
(919) 707-6073
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1598 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1598

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.