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Project Map: East of Thurman Road to Garner Road

Project Map: Neuse River Bridge to Garner Road

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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, R-5777AB
  • Estimated Cost: $171.6 million
  • Property Acquisition Start: 2021
  • Start Date: 2021
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James City improvements

Project Overview and Purpose

Planning and development is underway to improve traffic on a 5.1-mile stretch of U.S. 70 from east of Thurman Road to the Neuse River Bridge in James City in Craven County.

Work would also improve access to local community services and enhance economic development in the area.

The project is among 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 between 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, the 2015 Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act designated U.S. 70 from I-40 in Garner to the port at Morehead City as a high-priority corridor and future interstate (later signed as "Interstate 42"). The interstate designation will benefit military interconnectivity, aid in economic development, create jobs and stimulate growth in travel and tourism.

Project Highlights

Improvements to U.S. 70 in James City are being divided into two smaller projects:

  • A 2.6-mile stretch of U.S. 70 from east of Thurman Road to Garner Road
  • A 2.5-mile stretch of U.S. 70 between Garner Road and the Neuse River Bridge

U.S. 70 from East of Thurman Road to Garner Road

The N.C. Department of Transportation is still developing designs for this section of U.S. 70 but the current design concept involves raising U.S. 70 over the Taberna Way and Thurman Road intersections and new interchanges to provide access to U.S. 70.

NCDOT would also build service roads to connect to the existing service roads at Garner Road to provide connectivity to properties between Taberna Way and Thurman Road that currently have direct access to U.S. 70.

U.S. 70 from Garner Road and Neuse River Bridge

Preferred Alternative (Alternative A1) would involve raising U.S. 70 over the intersecting side streets – Williams, Airport and Grantham roads – and building interchanges to provide access to U.S. 70. The existing service roads would be relocated away from the interchanges to maintain access to the side streets. Two-way traffic on the service roads would also be maintained.

Project History

Community outreach began with individual meetings and small focus groups from June 2015 to September 2015.

The N.C. Department of Transportation held corridor-wide public meetings in October 2015 to gather feedback, hear concerns and 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 feedback to gain a clear understanding of the existing traffic, safety and operational issues in the area.

The project team returned to the James City community in early December 2016 to present the design ideas and gather additional public comments and feedback. From those comments and feedback, NCDOT selected the Preferred Alternative (Alternative A1) in June 2017.

The portion of U.S. 70, approximately 2.6 miles between east of Thurman Road and Garner Road, was added to the original project in July 2017. Both projects are on the same schedule of completing the preliminary planning and design process in May 2018.

Two focus group meetings were held at the Cornerstone Assembly Church in January 2018 to gather public comment and feedback on the added portion of the U.S. 70 project between east of Thurman Road and Garner Road.

Public Involvement

The N.C. Department of Transportation held public meetings in New Bern on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, and Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, to answer questions and receive comments from the public on the proposed project.

In addition, a focus group meeting for was held on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 to answer questions about the proposed Taberna Way and Thurman Road interchanges.

The maps and materials presented at the meetings are available below:

U.S. 70 East of Thurman Road to Garner Road Maps

U.S. 70 Garner Road to Neuse River Bridge Maps

U.S. 70 Garner Road to Neuse River Bridge Visualizations

U.S. 70 Garner Road to Neuse River Bridge Meeting Materials

The community was also encouraged to submit feedback during a public comment period.

The NCDOT project team reviews all feedback – regardless of how it is submitted – and explores options to incorporate and address concerns where and when feasible. NCDOT will continue to develop the project and present its progress.

Project Cost

The projects are listed as R-5777A&B (East of Thurman Road to Garner Road) and U-5713 (Garner Road to Neuse River Bridge) in the N.C. Department of Transportation's State Transportation Improvement Program and funded for $67.7 million and $103.9 million, respectively.

Estimated Amount*
Project Development & Design $1,700,000
Property Acquisition for east of Thurman Road to Garner Road $52,200,000
Property acquisition for Garner Road to Neuse River Bridge $25,000,000
Construction for east of Thurman Road to Garner Road $52,700,000
Construction for Garner Road to Neuse River Bridge $41,000,000
Total cost $171,600,000

Project Timeline

Milestone Date*
Preliminary designs approved March 2018
Environmental document complete June 2018
Advertise design-build request for proposal August 2018
Award design-build contract January 2019
Begin right of way acquisition and final design phase January 2019
Construction begins Early 2020
Construction complete Early 2024

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Project Documents

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U.S. 70 Garner Road to Neuse River Bridge Maps

U.S. 70 Garner Road to Neuse River Bridge Maps

Contact Information

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

Bill Kincannon, P.E.
Construction Engineer
Division 2
(252) 439-2840
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1037 W.H. Smith Blvd.
P.O. Box 1587
Greenville, NC 27835

Gary Lovering, P.E.
Senior Project Manager
Central Project Delivery Team
(919) 707-6271
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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

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.