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.
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.
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.
Community outreach is an integral part of the project development process in that it allows NCDOT to solicit input through an open, dynamic process with residents, business owners, property owners, local agencies, community groups and other stakeholders within the project study area.
This process is structured to involve people early and often and to share information as it becomes available.
The public is encouraged to share its ideas and concerns – feedback that will help the NCDOT project team identify appropriate transportation solutions in the community.
A toll-free project hotline, with both an English and a Spanish option, has been established. The public can submit questions or comments to the project team by calling 1-800-745-9107 and leaving a detailed message, including their specific contact information so that a response can be provided.
The public can also submit its feedback by using this comment form and mailing it to:
U.S. 70 Improvements in James City
800 N. Cameron Ave.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
John Conforti, REM
Project Development Engineer
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1548 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1548
John Rouse, P.E.
Division 2 Engineer
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P.O. Box 1587
Greenville, NC 27835
Kevin Moore, P.E
Roadway Design Project Engineer
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1582 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1582
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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.