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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Project Development & Design
* Estimated costs are subject to change.
||Late 2017 or early 2018
|Draft Environmental Impact Statement
|Corridor public hearing
|Preferred Alternative selected
|Final Environmental Impact Statement
|Record of Decision
|Right of way acquisition begins
* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change.
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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.