Traffic

First section of Goldsboro Bypass opens

Posted December 16, 2011

— The North Carolina Department of Transportation has opened the first section of the future U.S. Highway 70 Goldsboro Bypass in Wayne County to traffic, officials said Friday.

The 3.9-mile, four-lane divided highway is temporarily designated as N.C. Highway 44 and connects Interstate 795 and Wayne Memorial Drive north of Goldsboro.

A $65.5 million contract was awarded to Barnhill Contracting Co. of Tarboro in September 2008 for the project, which also includes interchanges at I-795, U.S. Highway 117 and Wayne Memorial Drive.

The Goldsboro Bypass will be built in three sections. Once complete, the $246 million, 20-mile bypass will begin at U.S. 70 west of N.C. Highway 581 in Wayne County and end at U.S. 70 east of Promise Land Road in Lenoir County.

The section from west of N.C. 581 to I-795 is expected to be awarded in June 2012, with construction beginning later in the summer. The section from Wayne Memorial Drive to Promise Land Road is expected to be awarded as a design-build contract in January, with construction beginning at the end of next year or early 2013.

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