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U.S. 70 Improvements in James City
Project Fast Facts
  • Status: Projects Under Development
  • County: Craven
  • Type of Project: Highway Improvements
  • STIP Number: U-5713
  • Estimated Cost: $66 million
  • Property Acquisition Start: 2021
  • Start Date: 2021
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James City improvements

Project Overview and Purpose

Planning and development is underway on a proposed project aimed at improving traffic flow on a 2.5-miles stretch of U.S. 70 in James City – between Garner Road and the Neuse River Bridge. In addition, the project would also improve access to local community services and also enhance economic development in the James City area of Craven County.

The James City project is one of several by the N.C. Department of Transportation to improve the U.S. 70 Corridor – one of the primary east-west corridors across eastern North Carolina.

U.S. 70 provides an important connection to and from the port at Morehead City, military bases in Havelock and Goldsboro and the Global TransPark in Kinston. NCDOT has identified the corridor as one of three in which improvements would assist economic development in the primarily rural areas of eastern North Carolina.

In addition, President Barack Obama, on Dec. 4, 2015, signed into law the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act, which designated U.S. 70 from I-40 in Garner to the port at Morehead City as a high-priority corridor and future interstate. The interstate designation will benefit military interconnectivity, aid in economic development, create jobs and stimulate growth in travel and tourism.

Project Highlights

NCDOT is working to develop and refine a draft Project Purpose and Need that will be based on ongoing community and stakeholder input.

The initial goals of NCDOT, along with its federal and state partners, are to:

  • Provide a localized and regional benefit, both in traffic operations, as well as economic development and community cohesion
  • Address local community concerns related to connectivity, access to local community services and modal choices and accessibility (i.e., walking, biking, bus, car, etc.)

The project is in the early stages of the planning and development process, and follows a phased approach for both the public outreach and the development of the preliminary designs.

  • Phase I involved data collection and public involvement through community outreach, public meetings and focus groups, culminating in a series of public meetings in October 2015.
  • Phase II involves developing options and "concept-level" designs and refining them based on public input received during public meetings scheduled for December 2016.

Project History

Initial community outreach began with one-on-one and small focus group meetings from June to August 2015 and focus groups in September 2015.

NCDOT held corridor-wide public meetings in October 2015 to gather feedback, hear concerns and to answer questions related to the proposed improvements. Information presented during these meetings can be found here.

Before moving into the design development phase of its work, the project team, in November 2015, began reviewing all of the comments, recommendations and suggestions to gain a clear understanding of the existing traffic, safety and operational issues in the area.

This information was then used by the project team to develop 12 "concept-level" design options – referred to as alternatives that are currently undergoing review by NCDOT.

The project team will return to the James City community in early December 2016 to present the design ideas and gather additional public comments and feedback. A project newsletter will be mailed out prior to the meetings that will provide detailed information related to the public meetings in December, as well as an overall update on the status of the project.

Public Involvement

The N.C. Department of Transportation is holding the following meetings to answer questions and receive comments from the public on the proposed project:

Monday, Dec. 5, 2016
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Carolina Colours Pavillion
3300 Waterscape Way
New Bern, N.C. 28562

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Brinson Elementary School
319 Neuse Forrest Ave.
New Bern, N.C. 28560

Please note that maps of the study area will be on display but there will not be a formal presentation.

The opportunity to provide written comments will be provided at the meeting, and comments are encouraged.

In addition, comments may be submitted online or by mail at the address below until Jan. 5, 2017.

U.S. 70 Improvements Project Team
800 N. Cameron Avenue
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled individuals who want to participate in these meetings. Anyone requiring such services should contact Jamille Robbins, at (919) 707-6085, as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.

For individuals who speak only Spanish or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, interpretive services will be available at the meeting upon request. For more information, call 1-800-481-6494 prior to the meeting.

The NCDOT project team will review all feedback – regardless of how it is submitted – and explore options to incorporate and address concerns where and when feasible. NCDOT will continue to develop the project and present its progress at a later date.

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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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P.O. Box 1587
Greenville, NC 27835

Kevin Moore, P.E
Roadway Design Project Engineer
(919) 707-6287
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1582 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1582

Jamille Robbins
Public Involvement
(919) 707-6085
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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.