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Highway Construction Will Help Eastern NC Travelers

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WILSON — For many of us, a road trip to the beach is an annual summer tradition. When construction on three major highways is complete, you can expect to spend less time in the car and more time on vacation.

If you drive anywhere near Wilson, your trip isabout to get a lot easier.

A brand-new Highway 264 is underconstruction. The current road connects Raleigh toGreenville through some of Wilson's mostcongested neighborhoods.

"According to the counts, there are about 13,600 cars per day thattravel from the Raleigh side of Wilson throughWilson into Greenville," says Kevin Bowen, NC DOT resident engineer.

That number is expected to double in the next 25 years.The new Highway 264 bypass should be complete byDecember 2003.

Also under construction is Highway 42 west from Wilson toInterstate 95. The five-mile road is being expanded from twolanes to four. In some places, it will be five lanes.

The DOT will also tone down a sharp curve thatsits between three schools. Students from Hunt High School, WilsonChristian Academy and Greenfield School maneuver on the road every day.

"There are a lot of kids traveling that facilityand hopefully, this will be an improvement for safety," Bowen says.

Highway 42 will also be completed by December 2003.

The third large construction project will connect Wilson toGoldsboro. In four to five years when the new Highway 117 is completed,most of it will be a two-lane road.


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