R-5829A/B: U.S. 70 Improvements - Goldsboro Bypass to Princeton
R-5829A/B: U.S. 70 Improvements - Goldsboro Bypass to Princeton
The N.C. Department of Transportation is proposing to upgrade U.S. 70 to interstate standards from the U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass in Wayne County to west of Pondfield Road (S.R. 2314) in Johnston County. The project will construct approximately 6.7 miles of freeway, three interchanges, and a bridge crossing over Rains Mill Road / N. Pine Street in the Town of Princeton. Driveways, intersecting streets, and median crossovers will be removed, and service roads will be added along portions of the project to provide access for property owners and to ensure mobilitty for local traffic. The project will not add additional through lanes to the existing four-lane divided highway but will provide wider paved outside and median shoulders.
Since the last public meeting in 2019, the project team has been further developing and refining the roadway designs, which are available to view below. Various changes have occurred throughout the project as the design has further advanced. Some of the changes resulted from public input, efforts to reduce project costs and impacts, and as a result of further design and associated design information. The proposed design, right of way limits, and easements shown on the project maps are preliminary and subject to change as the design continues to progress.
Click on the links below to view the latest (March 2023) project designs:
Capps Bridge Road/Ebenezer Church Road (Map)
N Pearl Street/Edwards Road (Map)
U.S. 70A/New Ballpark Road Extension (Map)
The updated design includes five notable changes, as described below.
Holts Pond Road – The project now extends the existing left turn lane on eastbound Holts Pond Road at Princeton Elementary School to the intersection with New Ballpark Road to accommodate vehicles turning north onto the New Ballpark Road Extension. In addition, the project now adds a left turn lane on westbound Holts Pond Road to accommodate motorists turning onto southbound New Ballpark Road. For more information, see the U.S. 70A / New Ballpark Road Extension map within the update project designs.
Proposed U.S. 70 Service Road on north side of U.S. 70 - The project now connects the two service roads shown at the previous public meetings to provide a continuous service road that connects from Edwards Road to Capps Bridge Road, improving accessibility into Princeton. For more information, see the N. Pearl Street / Edwards Road and Capps Bridge Road/Ebenezer Church Road maps within the updated project designs.
Old Rock Quarry Road - There is an added intersection of Old Rock Quarry Road with the proposed service road that extends from Old Rock Quarry Road to Rains Mill Road. It is located just north of the Old Rock Quarry Road/Eagles Crest Lane intersection. This new intersection eliminates the need to “dead-end” the northern portion of Old Rock Quarry Road as previously shown. In addition, the new intersection also allows for the elimination of the planned connector roadway that proposed to extend Northside Drive on new location from Old Rock Quarry Road to intersect with the proposed service road. The southern portion of Old Rock Quarry Road will continue to be “dead-ended” near its existing intersection with U.S. 70. For more information, see the U.S. 70A / New Ballpark Road Extenison map within the updated project designs.
Pearl Street and Edwards Road - The length and width of the proposed concrete median island has been reduced along Pearl Street and Edwards Road. In addition, proposed 2-foot 6-inch concrete curb and gutter has been added along the outside of the proposed travel lanes for a portion of Pearl Street and Edwards Road. For more information, see the N. Pearl Street / Edwards Road map within the updated project designs.
This project will be reprioritized for funding in the next State Transportation Improvement Program. A schedule for right of way, utilities and/or construction has not been determined at this time. However, preliminary engineering activities (planning, design, studies) needed for project development are underway.
Interactive Map of proposed improvements:
The project design will continue to be finalized, and the right of way plans will be completed. In addition, the more detailed traffic noise analysis will be completed.
PROJECT COST AND TIMELINE
Spent in Prior Years
* Estimated Costs are subject to change.
Feasibility Study completed for Segment A (from Edwards Road to the Goldsboro Bypass)
Feasibility Study for Segment B
1st Public Meeting
December 7, 2017
Review public, agency, and other stakeholder input, complete field work and studies, prepare preliminary project designs, summarize alternative(s), associated costs, impacts, etc., and prepare a draft environmental document
2nd Public Meeting
May 21, 2019
Categorical Exclusion Environmental Documentation completed
August 8, 2019
Final Design Began
Additional Noise Analysis Began
Right of Way Acquisition Segment A
Right of Way Acquisition Segment B
Construction Segment A
Construction Segment B
The current Board of Transportation Adopted 2024-2033 STIP can be viewed or downloaded here:
The NCDOT project team will review all feedback – regardless of how it is submitted (online, phone, email, or letter) – and explore options to incorporate and address concerns where and when feasible. NCDOT will continue to develop the project and present progress throughout the planning stage. A postcard was sent to residents in the area surrounding the proposed project in May 2023. The postcard provided the website to visit where updated project details could be viewed.
2019 Public Meeting
NCDOT held an open-house public meeting to present the Preferred Alternative on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 4 p.m. -7 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, located at 220 Barden Street in Princeton.
Maps that were presented:
2017 Public Meeting
NCDOT previously held an open house public meeting regarding the proposed improvements to U.S. 70 in Wayne and Johnston Counties. The meeting was held on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at Grace Baptist Church, located at 220 Barden Street in Princeton from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
2017 - Public Meeting Handout
Please click on this link to view or download a copy of the December 7, 2017 Public Meeting Handout.
2017 - Public Meeting Maps
Please click on the links below to view or download a copy of the maps being presented at the public meeting
Comments may be submitted via phone, email or U.S. Mail to either of the individuals listed below or at any meeting.
RESPONSES TO COMMENTS RECEIVED FROM PREVIOUS PUBLIC MEETINGS
NCDOT held an open-house public meeting on May 21, 2019, at Grace Baptist Church in Princeton, NC. Comments were submitted to the project team via comment forms, letters, emails, and phone calls. These comments have been summarized and responses prepared for those that required additional information or clarification. Please click here to view or download a copy of the 2019 responses.
NCDOT held a public meeting to share information about the project on December 7, 2017, at Grace Baptist Church in Princeton, NC. The meeting was attended by 269 members of the public. Comments were submitted to the project team via comment forms, letters, emails, and phone calls. These comments have been summarized and responses prepared for those that required additional information or clarification. Please click here to view or download a copy of the 2017 responses.
NCDOT Project Engineer
Consultant Project Manager
Rachel Evans, PE
Debbie Barbour, PE
|NCDOT Highway Division 4||Kisinger Campo & Associates|
|PO Box 3165||301 Fayetteville Street - Suite 1500|
|Wilson, NC 27895||Raleigh, NC 27601|
Project Email: US70-GoldsboroPrinceton
Project Phone: 984-205-6615 Code: 2120
RESOURCES FOR 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.
Right of way Acquisition Process Videos