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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: FY 2018
  • Completion Date: FY 2021
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U.S. 70 Havelock Bypass Logo

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 N.C. Department of Transportation identified Alternative 3 as the recommended design option – referred to as the Preferred Alternative.

This alternative 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

Public Meeting Held

On 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.

Environmental Impact Statement Approved

On Oct. 27, 2015, the Federal Highway Administration approved the Final Environmental Impact Statement – the final environmental document that determines if the project will have an impact on the environment.

Process Moves Forward

As of September 2016, NCDOT is considering and addressing comments as well as preparing a Record of Decision, which will identify the selected alternative and also discuss all of the alternatives considered during the planning and design process.

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 Fall 2016
Right of way acquisition Fiscal Year 2016
Construction Fiscal Year 2018

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Project Documents & Maps

Final Environmental Impact Statement:

Aug. 31, 2015, Public Meeting:

Contact Information

  • John Conforti, REM
    Project Development Engineer

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

  • John Rouse, P.E.
    Division 2 Engineer

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

  • Kevin Moore, P.E.
    Roadway Design Project Engineer
    (919) 707-6320
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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

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.