One of the primary east-west corridors across eastern North Carolina, U.S. 70 is a major connection between Raleigh, Smithfield, Goldsboro, Kinston, Havelock and the Port of Morehead City.
This 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 U.S. 70.
U.S. 70 is a major hurricane evacuation route and is also the route many travelers take to 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
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 state Port of Morehead City.
Several improvement projects along the corridor are either being studied, in development or under construction.
- Newport River Bridge
- Pine Level
- Slocum Gate
- Wilson's Mills
Goldsboro Bypass Complete
The 11.9-mile third and final section of the Goldsboro Bypass opened May 27, 2016, completing the 20-mile bypass around Goldsboro. A 3.9-mile central section opened to traffic in December 2011, and a 5.9-mile western section opened in October 2015.
U.S. 70 Designated as Future I-42
The American Association of State and Transportation Officials, in May 2016, approved the U.S. 70 Corridor to be designated the future I-42 between I-40 and Morehead City.
Jay McInnis, P.E.
Brian Yamamoto, P.E.
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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.