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'Super 70' project will speed trips to and from the coast

Posted March 30

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— Wednesday marked a milestone in a project that will soon speed trips to the Carolina coast and bring jobs and boost development in eastern North Carolina.

Gov. Pat McCrory and Rep. G.K. Butterfield were on hand when Goldsboro unveiled the sign that will indicate a new interstate bypass joining two heavily trafficked portions of U.S. Highway 70 on either side of the city.

The bypass will serve truckers ferrying freight between the coastal ports and large cities in North Carolina and pleasure-seekers headed for New Bern and the Outer Banks. It's expected to be complete by June, just in time for summer vacation season.

The unfinished highway is the first step in the "Super 70 Project" which will improve the ride all the way from Raleigh to Morehead City. The $250 million project will allow through traffic to avoid stoplights and traffic slowdowns in cities like Goldsboro, Kinston, Clayton and Carteret.

"It shows how local state and federal officials can come together for a common purpose, and the common purpose today is to unveil a highway that’s going to create economic opportunity for a region of the state that’s been left behind," Butterfield said.

State officials cite lack of infrastructure as a limiting factor on economic opportunity in the eastern part of the state. Super 70 will provide that.

"That connectivity will mean future jobs, future economic development, and it will also help the ag community transport their products to and from the market," McCrory said.

Joe Daughtery, chairman of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners, predicted, "For our children and grandchildren, we’re going to see some vitality and economic development."

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  • Mariel Carr Mar 31, 8:47 a.m.
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    Population of Goldsboro: 36,000. Median per capita income: under $30,000. NCDOT told north Charlotte all roads from here on out would be toll roads. They lied. NCDOT cannot toll Goldsboro. No enough demand nor income to pay a buck a mile like north Charlotte. NCDOT does have the money when it cannot be stolen from rich, desperate people. Lake Norman has been left behind and pillaged. NCDOT needs financial accountability and oversight.

  • Hessian Diesel Mar 31, 8:04 a.m.
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    Hello? Short attention span much? How about finishing 540....

  • Johnathan Gault Mar 31, 7:16 a.m.
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    And.................................the NC beaches will become even more over developed. Follow the money, is it worth a few more dollars to erode the quality of NC beaches?

  • James Barefoot Mar 31, 5:38 a.m.
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    What about the super 64/264 roads, To the Eastern triangle park ? What was its name? And the 74/76 super, part interstate. Where is the Money????
    Finish 540 if you have cash

  • Charles Boyer Mar 30, 6:18 p.m.
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    A lot of that economic development will be the growth of exurbs where people choose to commute to the cities to work and then drive home.

  • Roy Pine Mar 30, 6:17 p.m.
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    Yeah, because most towns do great when you route the highway to bypass them, right?

    I'm not saying that this isn't needed, but I don't see how some of these places are going to benefit from nobody driving through them anymore. Would you go to Clayton if you didn't have to?