Alternative 1SB (shallow bypass)
was chosen as the preferred design option, also referred to as the Preferred Alternative, for the future U.S. 70 Kinston Bypass.
The route begins at the N.C. 903/ U.S. 70 interchange in La Grange and would follow existing U.S. 70 for approximately 7 miles to just east of N.C. 148 (C.F. Harvey Parkway).
Interchanges would be located at Willie Measley/Jim Sutton roads, Albert Sugg/Barwick Station roads and N.C. 148 (C.F. Harvey Parkway).
A new interchange east of N.C. 148 would provide access to a section of the selected bypass, which would parallel existing U.S. 70 to the south of the new location for approximately 6.5 miles.
Interchanges along the new location portion of the selected route would be located at N.C. 11/N.C. 55, U.S. 258 (South Queen Street), and N.C. 58 (Trenton Highway).
A new interchange east of Lenoir Community College would connect the shallow bypass back to existing U.S. 70.
Alternative 1SB would then follow existing U.S. 70 from this interchange east to the project terminus east of Dover and would upgrade U.S. 70 to a full control of access highway with interchanges at Wyse Fork /Caswell Station roads and Old U.S. 70 (West Kornegay Street) in Dover.
How Alternative 1SB was Chosen
After several public meetings, Alternative 1SB was selected based on having the most public support, shortest project length, least amount of projected wetland impacts, highest projected net economic benefit, while also preserving the rural character of southern Lenoir County.
The next steps for the project include the development of more detailed designs. The public can expect a Final Environmental Impact Statement and a Record of Decision in 2021. Right-of-way acquisition is scheduled for 2023, with construction beginning in 2027.
The Kinston Bypass would be approximately 22 miles of a four-lane, median divided freeway accessible via ramps at interchanges. When complete, the bypass would improve regional mobility, connectivity, and capacity for U.S. 70, reducing traffic congestion and delays that exist along U.S. 70 between La Grange and Dover.
The detailed study alternatives can be viewed three ways:
- Interactive Google Map that shows the 1,000-foot study corridor and property boundaries
- Hearing Maps Online that shows the 1,000-foot study corridor and the preliminary designs
- The Hearing Maps can also be viewed in person at the following locations:
NCDOT Division 2 Office
2815 Rouse Road Extension
Kinston, NC 28504
NCDOT Kinston District Office
1629 U.S. 258 South
Kinston, NC 28504
Draft Environmental Impact Statement
The project team is currently working on the Final Environmental Impact Statement, which will evaluate the potential impacts of the Preferred Alternative 1SB. The public can expect a Final Environmental Impact Statement and a Record of Decision in 2021.
Other Nearby Projects
NCDOT completed the planning and environmental study stage on a separate project to upgrade a 2.8-mile segment of U.S. 70 that would encompass the eastern end of the Kinston Bypass project, just south of La Grange. Please visit the Little Baltimore project website for more information.