Friday 19 Jan 2018

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NCDOT Explains U.S. 70 Upgrades To Residents (PHOTOS)

The public gets a look at the next local phase of the eventual Interstate 42 project.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation held an informal public meeting Thursday evening at the Grace Baptist Church in Princeton regarding the proposed project that would upgrade a stretch of U.S. 70 in Wayne and Johnston counties to interstate standards.

Matt Clarke is a Project Development Engineer for the DOT.  He says the U.S. 70 upgrades will impact some nearby residences.

Clarke says this eventual I-42 designation will increase mobility and access to Eastern North Carolina from Raleigh to Morehead City.  Clarke says the first phase of the U.S. 70 upgrades is funded to get underway in 2023.

The work would cover a 6.7 mile section of 70 between the U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass and west of Pondfield Road in Johnston County. The U.S. 70 improvement project carries a price tag of over $130 million.

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