Sunday 20 Oct 2019

NCDOT Looks At Next Section Of U.S. 70 Upgrades (PHOTOS)

Residents get a look at the latest plans to improve a local section of Highway 70. Tuesday, the N.C. Department of Transportation held a public meeting at Grace Baptist Church in Princeton to let citizens see and weigh in on the new developments for the U.S. 70 upgrade project.  The goal is to bring seven miles of U.S. 70 up to interstate standards between the U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass in Wayne County and Pondfield Road in eastern Johnston County.  Andrew Barksdale with the NCDOT says they’ve worked with the Princeton area community on the revised plan.

NCDOT is recommending the following alternate designs for the project:

  • A “compressed diamond” interchange east of Princeton at North Pearl Street/Edwards Road.  This concept and location have been revised since the public meeting. It would replace a previous design that would have been near Dr. Donnie H. Jones Jr. Boulevard. The preferred design requires less additional right of way and fewer roadway extensions and access roads. The preferred design also maintains through-traffic movements along North Pearl Street and Edwards Road;
  • An interchange with U.S. 70 Alternate west of Princeton. This option provides better connectivity into Princeton with the extension of New Ballpark Road and the construction of a service road that will connect to Dr. Donnie H. Jones Jr. Boulevard. Based on written comments received, this design was favored over the alternative of building the interchange at Dr. Donnie H. Jones Jr. Boulevard;
  • A U.S. 70 bridge that traverses North Pine Street/Rains Mill Road.  With this alternative, North Pine Street/Rains Mill Road will remain at their existing elevations, which will result in the fewest impacts to homes and the side street connections. This design received more written public support than the alternative, which was raising North Pine Street/Rains Mill Road over U.S. 70; and
  • Minor design changes to the partial cloverleaf interchange in the vicinity of Capps Bridge Road and Ebenezer Church Road. The changes would reduce environmental impacts and improve roadway connectivity.

Barksdale also says noise walls or berms will be considered to keep it quiet in the neighborhoods near the roadway.

The project’s total cost is estimated at nearly $255 million. Construction on the first phase of the project is not scheduled to begin until 2025.

You can learn more about the U.S. 70 project here.

The area of the proposed U.S. 70 upgrades.


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