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Beach-bound Triangle residents now have Goldsboro Bypass

Posted May 27, 2016 3:09 p.m. EDT
Updated May 27, 2016 4:15 p.m. EDT

— Triangle motorists heading for the Crystal Coast, as well as coastal residents traveling to Raleigh, now can make their trip without passing directly through Goldsboro.

The state Department of Transportation on Friday opened the final stretch of the 20-mile bypass for U.S. Highway 70, which eliminates numerous stoplights and a confusing loop in the Goldsboro area. The new highway also makes it easier for people in Kinston, New Bern and Morehead City to get to Raleigh.

The $232 million bypass starts in western Wayne County and brings drivers near La Grange in Lenoir County. The first leg opened in 2011, and the western section opened last fall.

"We think this 20 miles of no traffic lights will end up helping us recruit new industry to this county and other counties in this entire eastern North Carolina region," Gov. Pat McCrory said during a ceremonial ribbon-cutting. "It's also going to help the agricultural community get your products to and from marketplaces in North Carolina and the rest of the world. One thing we're trying to do is get a clear path between Raleigh and Morehead City. It's a very important port."

In April, U.S. 70 was designated a future interstate, which will eventually become Interstate 42.