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Project Fast Facts
  • County: Lenoir, Jones, and Craven
  • Type of Project: 4-Lane Divided Freeway on New Location
  • STIP Number: R-2553
  • Estimated Cost: $379 million
  • Property Acquisition Start: 2022
  • Start Date: 2024
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Project Overview and Purpose

The proposed Kinston Bypass would reduce traffic congestion and delays that exist along a 20-mile segment of U.S. 70 between LaGrange and Dover in Lenoir, Jones and Craven counties while also increasing regional mobility and connectivity.

U.S. 70 from I-40 to Morehead City is designated as a Strategic Transportation Corridor, which means it plays a critical role in regional and statewide mobility. As a Strategic Transportation Corridor, this portion of U.S. 70 is classified as a freeway.

Project Highlights

Twelve design options – referred to as Detailed Study Alternatives – that range from 21 miles to 25 miles, are currently being evaluated for the proposed Kinston Bypass (see project map).

Each design option is a four-lane median-divided freeway that would accommodate speeds of 70 mph and have full control of access, meaning access to the roadway would be allowed only at interchanges.

The 12 Detailed Study Alternatives include options that would involve upgrading the existing facility to the previously mentioned design standards, as well as new location alternatives (see Detailed Study Alternatives map).

The Detailed Study Alternatives can also be viewed on an interactive Google Map that also shows property boundaries.

Environmental Studies

Current studies are underway to identify the impacts of the proposed project. The outcome of these studies will be summarized in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, which will be used to help determine the final design – the Preferred Alternative – for the project.

Once the final design options and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement have been prepared, both will be available for review by the public as well as local, state and federal agencies. NCDOT will then hold the Corridor Public Hearing, which will allow the public to ask questions about the project, include a formal presentation, and allow the public an opportunity to give formal statements or comments on the project.

Project History

First listed in the City of Kinston's Comprehensive Transportation Plan in October 2007, the project has been under development for several years. It was put on hold in November 2014 when the project was removed from the N.C. Department of Transportation's 10-year transportation plan, the State Transportation Improvement Program. Development was reinitiated in December 2016 when the project was refunded.

Project Cost

This project is listed as Project R-2553 in the N.C. Department of Transportation's State Transportation Improvement Program and is funded for $379 million.

Estimated Amount*
Project Development & Design $5,923,000
Utility relocation $10,334,000
Property acquisition $48,850,000
Construction costs $314,000,000
Total Cost $379,107,000

* Estimated costs are subject to change.

Project Timeline

Milestone Dates*
Public meeting Late 2017 or early 2018
Draft Environmental Impact Statement Spring 2018
Corridor public hearing Summer 2018
Preferred Alternative selected Fall 2018
Final Environmental Impact Statement Winter 2020
Record of Decision Summer 2020
Right of way acquisition begins 2022
Construction 2024

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change.

Contact Information

Kory Wilmot, AICP
NCDOT Consultant
(800) 233-6315
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Maria Rogerson, P.E.
Project Manager
(252) 439-2800
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P.O. Box 1587
Greenville, NC 27835

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.