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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

The N.C. Department of Transportation has identified four design options – referred to as alternatives – for U.S. 70 improvements in James City.

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.

Alternative A3 would involve raising U.S. 70 over the intersecting side streets – Williams, Airport and Grantham roads – and building interchanges at each of the streets, providing full access at the Airport Road interchange and only partial access – a split diamond interchange – at the Williams Road and Grantham Road interchanges. This means eastbound U.S. 70 traffic would exit at Williams Road and the corresponding on-ramp would be shifted, or split, to the Grantham Road interchange. Traffic exiting at Williams Road would travel along the parallel service road to the Grantham Road interchange in order to get back on U.S. 70 East. Westbound traffic would exit similarly with access off of U.S. 70 being provided at Grantham Road and access back on to U.S. 70 at Williams Road. 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.

Alternative C1 would involve raising Williams, Airport and Grantham roads over U.S. 70 and building interchanges at each of the streets to provide access. 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.

Alternative C3 would involve raising Williams, Airport and Grantham roads over U.S. 70 and building interchanges to provide full access at the Airport Road interchange and only partial access – a split diamond interchange – at the Williams Road and Grantham Road interchanges. This means eastbound U.S. 70 traffic would exit at Williams Road and the corresponding on-ramp would be shifted, or split, to the Grantham Road interchange. Traffic exiting at Williams Road would travel along the parallel service road to the Grantham Road interchange in order to get back on U.S. 70 East. Westbound traffic would exit similarly with access off of U.S. 70 being provided at Grantham Road and access back on to U.S. 70 at Williams Road. The existing service roads would be relocated away from the interchanges to maintain connectivity to the side streets. Two-way traffic on the service roads would also be maintained.

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 held two 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.

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

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The community was also encouraged to submit feedback during a public comment period, which ended on Jan. 5. 2017.

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 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.