U.S. 70 is one of the primary east-west corridors across eastern North Carolina. It is a major connection between Raleigh, Smithfield, Goldsboro, Kinston, Havelock and the Port of Morehead City.
The corridor is heavily used for moving freight, and is just a few miles south of the North Carolina Global TransPark. It also provides vital connections to two military bases just off the highway.
The corridor is also a major hurricane evacuation route, and a popular way for travelers to reach the Crystal Coast beaches during the summer. Traffic volumes vary along the corridor but are highest around Clayton and Goldsboro.
The U.S. 70 Corridor plays an important role as part of the National Highway System and the Strategic Highway Network. It's also a North Carolina Strategic Transportation Corridor and is an important link to and from rural areas.
In 2016, the N.C. Department of Transportation received permission to designate U.S. 70 between Raleigh and Morehead City as the future Interstate 42. The route must be upgraded to interstate standards before a segment can get the I-42 signs.
Corridor Improvement Projects
The N.C. Department of Transportation is working to improve passenger and freight movement along the U.S. 70 Corridor from Raleigh to the Port of Morehead City.
Several highway improvement projects along the corridor are either being studied, in development, or under construction.