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  • County: Lenoir, Jones, and Craven
  • Type of Project: 4-Lane Divided Freeway on New Location
  • STIP Number: R-2553
  • Estimated Cost: $379.1 million
  • Property Acquisition Start: 2022
  • Start Date: 2025
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Kinston Bypass Overview

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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 helping regional travel.

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 travel. As a Strategic Transportation Corridor, this portion of U.S. 70 is classified as a freeway. The project would help reduce traffic congestion and delays that exist along U.S. 70 between LaGrange and Dover.

Project Highlights

The N.C. Department of Transportation is evaluating 12 design options – also known as detailed study alternatives – – that range 20 to 30 miles in length for the Kinston Bypass project.

Some detailed study alternatives involve upgrading U.S. 70 while others involve building the proposed roadway on new locations.

Each design, however, would accommodate speeds of 70 mph and access to the roadway would be only at interchanges.

The detailed study alternatives can be viewed in a Google Map, which shows property boundaries.

Studies Underway

Studies are underway to identify the environmental impacts of the proposed Kinston Bypass. The outcome of these studies will be summarized in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, which will be used to select the preferred alternative for the project.

Once NCDOT prepares the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, it will hold a public hearing, which will include a formal presentation and the opportunity for the public to ask questions about the project and submit formal statements or comments.

Nearby Projects

NCDOT is also in 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.

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 funding for the project was reinstated.

Public Involvement

The N.C. Department of Transportation is inviting citizens to share their thoughts on the proposed Kinston Bypass in an interactive survey.

To take the survey in English, click on the button below:

To take the survey in Spanish, click on the button below:

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 hearing Summer 2018
Preferred Alternative selected Fall 2018
Final Environmental Impact Statement released Winter 2020
Record of Decision issued Summer 2020
Right of way acquisition begins 2022
Construction begins 2025

* 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) 439-2830
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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.