R-5829A/B: U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass to Princeton

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

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 upgrade approximately 6.7 miles of U.S. 70 to an interstate facility with interchanges at designated locations. Driveway and intersection connections to existing U.S. 70 and median crossovers along U.S. 70 will be removed.  Service roads will be added along portions of the project to provide access and to ensure mobility for local traffic.  

The project will not be providing additional through lanes along U.S. 70, but will include widening the median and outside paved shoulders.  This is one of several projects that the N.C. Department of Transportation is working on to improve the U.S. 70 Corridor.  It is intended to improve regional mobility and provide better connectivity between Raleigh and Morehead City.

Vicinity Map:  

   


PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

For funding purposes, the project has been divided into two segments.  The two segments are being planned and designed together, while right of way acquisition and construction will be completed in two stages:

Segment A extends from the Goldsboro Bypass to west of N. Pearl Street/Edwards Road (S.R. 2372).  Construction on this segment is scheduled to begin in 2023.

           Two interchanges are proposed in Segment A: 

           One interchange is proposed in the vicinity of Capps Bridge Road (S.R. 1234) and Ebenezer Church Road (S.R. 1234) in Wayne County; and 

           One  interchange is proposed on the east side of the Town of Princeton in Johnston County.

Segment B extends from west of N. Pearl Street/Edwards Road to west of Pondfield Road (S.R. 2314).  Construction on this segment is not currently scheduled.

           One interchange is proposed in Segment B.

           The interchange is proposed on the western side of the Town of Princeton, in Johnston County.  


PROJECT STATUS

Selection of Preferred Alternatives and Associated Maps

Based on review of comments from the open house public meeting held in December 2017, and after further coordination and review regarding impacts to residences, businesses, and environmental features, the NCDOT has identified a preferred interchange on each side of the Town of Princeton and recommends an option that will span U.S. 70 over Rains Mill Road.  

The selected location for the interchange on the east side of Princeton is at Pearl Street and Edwards Road and is a compressed diamond interchange.  The selected location for the interchange on the west side of Princeton is at U.S. 70-A. 

VIEW THE PREFERRED ALTERNATIVE MAPS: 

Pearl/Edwards Compressed Diamond Interchange Map

This map shows the preferred location of the compressed diamond interchange at Pearl Street/ Edwards Road. 

West Princeton Area Alternative 2 With Option A Map

This map extends from Holts Pond to just east of Rains Mill Road and shows the preferred interchange location at U.S. 70-A (Alternative 2) and the preferred option to extend U.S. 70 over Rains Mill Road (Option A).

Segment B West Princeton Area

Interchange Alternatives

Two alternative interchange locations with U.S. 70 were considered west of Princeton: 

Alternative 1 places an interchange at the intersection of U.S. 70 and Dr. Donnie H. Jones, Jr., Boulevard

Alternative 2 places an interchange at the intersection of U.S. 70 and U.S. 70-A  - PREFERRED

 

NCDOT Prefers Alternative 2

  • Provides an interchange with an existing major collector route, U.S. 70-A
  • Received higher public support based on written comments received following the December 2017 public meeting
  • Provides better connectivity to the south and west side of Princeton by providing a new local roadway extension south of U.S. 70-A to New Ballpark Road (S.R. 2533)
  • Provides for continued access to downtown Princeton by providing a service road connection that will extend from the U.S. 70-A interchange eastward to existing Dr. Donnie H. Jones, Jr., Boulevard.

 

U.S. 70 over Rains Mill Road and Rains Mill Road over U.S. 70

Two bridge alternatives were considered for the U.S. 70 and Rains Mill Road intersection to provide continued north and south through movements to and from the Town of Princeton along Rains Mill Road and Pine Street. 

Option A involves raising U.S. 70 over Rains Mill Road/Pine Street and placing the bridges on U.S. 70  - PREFERRED  

Option B involves raising Rains Mill Road/Pine Street over U.S. 70 and placing the bridge on Rains Mill Road. 

NCDOT Prefers Option A

  • Requires fewer residential relocations and impacts by allowing Rains Mill Road and N. Pine Street, and side street intersections along N. Pine Street to remain at existing elevations
  • Received higher public support based on written comments received following the December 2017 public meeting.

 

Other Design Changes

Other design changes implemented since the December 2017 public meeting include:

  • The proposed westbound entrance ramp located in the Northwest quadrant of the U.S. 70-70A interchange has been replaced with a loop ramp in the Northeast quadrant of the interchange to minimize environmental impacts. 
  • For Alternative 2 (the U.S. 70 interchange at U.S. 70-A Interchange) the proposed service road connecting U.S. 70-A to Commercial Drive has been revised to connect directly to Dr. Donnie H. Jones Jr. Blvd. 
  • The proposed service road connecting Old Rock Quarry Road with Rains Mill Road has been realigned.  The realignment removes a stop condition that was originally proposed at the intersection of Old Rock Quarry Road and the proposed service road.  A new roadway connection has been added to maintain access to Eagles Crest Lane, Northside Drive, and the southern portion of Old Rock Quarry Road (S.R. 2316). 

 

View Map of the Preferred Alternative for Segment B:

West Princeton Area Alternative 2 With Option A Map  PREFERRED

This map extends from Holts Pond to just east of Rains Mill Road and shows the preferred interchange location at U.S. 70-A (Alternative 2) and the preferred option to extend U.S. 70 over Rains Mill Road (Option 

The following provides additional information on the preferred alternatives and maps showing other alternatives that were considered in the vicinity of Pearl Street and Edwards Road. 

Segment A East Princeton Area Interchange Alternatives

Currently, no changes are proposed for the partial cloverleaf interchange design in the Capps Bridge Road and Ebenezer Church Road Vicinity that was presented at the December 2017 Public Meeting.  

At the public meeting in December of 2017, an interchange was proposed at the intersection of U.S. 70 and Dr. Donnie Jones, Jr. Boulevard. East.  Based on input received from the public meeting, NCDOT reviewed additional designs and locations for an interchange east of downtown Princeton.  Interchange locations along Pearl Street and Edwards Road (S.R. 2372) and its vicinity were considered in addition to the Dr. Donnie Jones East interchange.  Maps for the additional interchange designs considered for this vicinity can be seen below. 

NCDOT prefers a compressed diamond interchange concept at Pearl Street and Edwards Road 

  • Minimizes Right of way acquisition and “foot print” of required construction:
  •   Requires less construction of new roadway extensions and access roads
  •   Utilizes the existing location and elevation of Pearl Street and Edwards Road
  •   Utilizes a compressed diamond interchange design which generally requires less right of  way     
  • Provides more direct access to the Town of Princeton, emergency responders, and remaining businesses along Pearl Street and Edwards Road:
  •    Maintains through-traffic movements along Pearl Street and Edwards Road
  •    Utilizes the existing elevation of Pearl Street and Edwards Road

 

View Maps of the Alternatives Evaluated for Segment A:

NEXT STEPS

A State Environmental Assessment (EA) will document the impacts of the project and will address the concerns that were expressed by the public and others during the planning process.  The State EA is scheduled to be complete in early 2019.  The project planning study is anticipated to conclude in the summer of 2019 with the completion of a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) document.     

PROJECT COST AND TIMELINE

  

 Milestone         Estimated Amount*
  Spent in Prior Years   $           2,000,000  
  Property Acquisition   $         36,300,000  
  Construction Costs   $         92,200,000  
  Total Cost   $       130,500,000  

* Estimated Costs as shown in Current 2018-2027 STIP and are subject to change

 

Milestone

Date*

 Feasibility Study completed for Segment A (from Edwards Road to the                   Goldsboro Bypass)

                     November 2015

 Feasibility Study for Segment B

                  Currently Underway

 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

                          January 2018 

                                   to

                      December 2018

 Environmental Assessment (EA)

                              Early 2019

 2nd Public Meeting

                            Spring 2019

 Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

                        Summer 2019

 Right of Way Acquisition and Construction – Segment A

                                2023

 Right of Way Acquisition and Construction – Segment B

                     To Be Determined

 

* Future Dates are subject to change 

PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT

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.

PUBLIC MEETING

NCDOT 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 72017 at Grace Baptist Church, located at 220 Barden Street in Princeton from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Public Meeting Handout

Please click on this link to view or download a copy of the December 7, 2017 Public Meeting Handout.

 

Public Meeting Maps

Please click on the links below to view or download a copy of the maps being presented at the public meeting

R-5829AB-Wayne-County-Map   

R-5829AB-East Princeton-Dr Donnie Jones East Map

R-5829AB-West Princeton-Dr Donnie Jones West Map

R-5829AB-West Princeton-U.S. 70-A Interchange Map

COMMENTS/QUESTIONS                                              

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 PUBLIC MEETING      

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 of download a copy of the responses.

 

PROJECT CONTACT INFORMATION

 

Matt Clarke, PE

Debbie Barbour, PE

NCDOT Project Engineer

Consultant Project Engineer

NCDOT Division 4

Kisinger Campo & Associates

P.O. Box 3165

4800 Six Forks Road, Suite 120

Wilson, NC  27895

Raleigh, NC  27609

252-640-6419

919-882-7839 ext 5101

[email protected]

[email protected]
 

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.  

 

Relocation Assistance Brochure                                                 Asistencia para Reubicación      
Right-of-Way Acquisition Process Brochure                             Folleto del Proceso de Adquisición de Bienes Raíces
Right-of-Way Frequently Asked Questions

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