Category: Transportation

February 6th, 2019 by newbernpostadmin

U.S. 17 bypass off U.S. 70 will be closed for about three months while NC DOT crews complete work.

The New Bern U.S. 17 Bypass in Craven County will be closed in both directions for 90 days.

The closure near Pollocksville between U.S. 17 and U.S. 70 began on Feb. 4. Closing this section of highway will allow the N.C. Department of Transportation to make its final tie-ins for the new U.S. 17 Bypass in a safe and timely manner.

There are detour signs leading traffic around the closure. Drivers heading south will use the U.S. 17 Business interchange and exit at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Traffic will turn left at the light and continue on U.S. 17 Business South to access U.S. 17 South.

For drivers heading north, continue straight at the U.S. 17 Business and U.S. 17 Bypass intersection. Drivers will cross under the U.S 70 overpass and turn left at the light back onto U.S. 70 west.

Drivers should anticipate needing extra time to travel during the next few months.

Posted in Transportation

February 6th, 2019 by newbernpostadmin

LANE CLOSED TODAY: Eastbound lane of George Street from Bern to Main. Detour signs are up. Should reopen around 5 p.m. Water Resources installing a new tap.

Posted in New Bern, Public works, Transportation

July 13th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

NCDOT is advising motorists traveling on U.S. 17 in Jones County of a Road Closure/Detour beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday July 13, which is expected to last through 11 p.m. on July 15. This detour is part of the U.S. 17 Bypass project, and the impact on through traffic is expected to be high.

Motorists travelling North on U.S. 17 will be routed onto the detour in Maysville using White Oak River Road, to Pole Pocossin Road, to Lee’s Chapel Road, and back onto U.S. 17 in Pollocksville.

Motorists travelling South on U.S. 17, will be routed onto the detour at Lee’s Chapel Road in Pollocksville, to Pole Pocossin Road, to White Oak River Road, and back onto U.S. 17 in Maysville.

DOT reminds drivers to be safe, and use caution on these secondary roadways, as many motorists may not be familiar with this route, and its many contours.

Posted in New Bern, Planes Trains and Automobiles, Transportation

June 13th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

Alleviating current and future congestion is one of the benefits being touted for the proposed N.C. 43 Connector that would run from U.S. 17 Business (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) to south of U.S. 70/U.S. 17 in New Bern.

The city of New Bern submitted the N.C. 43 Connector Project to NCDOT to be considered for funding. Through the Strategic Mobility Formula that prioritizes projects based on safety, congestion, benefit-cost and local priorities, it scored well enough to be funded at the division level due to strong support from the city.

The Board of Aldermen on Tuesday voted to endorse Alternative 2 of the planned project, which cuts through the Craeberne Forest and Arcadia Village/Trent Creek subdivisions, and asks that consideration be given for sound barriers for the affected subdivisions.

Transportation officials presented preliminary concepts on the connector project at a public meeting on May 21, at the River Bend Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

More information is available on the project website, with maps also available on the NCDOT public meetings site.



 Milestone         Estimated Amount*
  Project Development and Design   $          1,000,000
  Property Acquisition $          2,000,000
  Construction Costs $          9,000,000
  Total Cost $        12.000.000

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


Milestone Date*
 Open House Public Meeting May 2018
 Right of Way Acquisition October 2018
 Project Let (Contract Award) June 2019
 Begin Construction September 2019
 Complete Construction December 2021

* Future dates are subject to change 

Posted in Transportation

April 28th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

Construction on a U.S. 70 Havelock Bypass is scheduled to begin in 2020.    Google Street View image

Charlotte and Mecklenburg County transportation projects were awarded six of the seven highest scores for statewide projects as N.C. Department of Transportation updates its State Transportation Improvement Plan.

Craven County’s highest-scoring new transportation project is a railroad crossing improvement at U.S. 70, with construction penciled in to begin in 2028. It scored higher than a Havelock Bypass, construction of which is scheduled to begin in 2020.

In scoring transportation projects, 40 percent of the funding goes to statewide projects, and 30 percent each for regional and division priorities. The state’s seven highest-ranking highway projects are, in order:

  1. Build 4th runway at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Mecklenburg County, $500,000 – Score: 99.64
  2. Improve the intersection of I-485 and I-85, Mecklenburg County, $11 million – Score: 90.25
  3. Build ramp meters at 13 intersections on I-77 in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, $2.8 million – Score: 90.21
  4. New aircraft parking and taxi lane at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Mecklenburg County. Cost: $500,000 – Score: 90.05
  5. New taxiway at Piedmont Triad International Airport, Guilford County, $500,000 – Score: 89.64
  6. Create diverging diamond interchange at I-85 and W.T. Harris Boulevard, Mecklenburg County, $20.5 million – Score: 89.47
  7. Build toll lanes on I-77 from Uptown Charlotte to the S.C. state line, Mecklenburg County, $551 million – Score: 89.36

The full list of projects is here, but here are projects in Craven County or that could be of interest to local motorists:

  • Highway-rail crossing improvement. Craven County. Construction of grade separations at U.S. 70 Eastbound (Crossing # 722 672A) and U.S. 70 Westbound (Crossing # 949 747C) and closure of existing at grade crossings near Newport. Score 77.02. Cost $14,350,000. Construction FY 2028
  • Improve Interchange. Craven County. Improve Glenburnie Road interchange at U.S. 70. Score 75.74. Cost $10,800,000. Construction FY 2029
  • Havelock Bypass. Craven County. U.S. 70 Thurman Road Havelock Bypass Upgrade Roadway to Freeway and Construct Service Roads. Upgrade Arterial to Freeway/Expressway 6.88 miles. Score 75.25. Cost $131,900,000. Construction FY 2020
  • U.S. 70 Expansion. Johnston and Wayne Counties. U.S. 70 West of SR 1229 (Luby Smith Road) East of SR 2314 (Pondfield Road). Improve Existing U.S. 70 to Freeway Standards from Luby Smith Road to Pondfield Road. Upgrade Arterial to Freeway/Expressway 3.44 miles. Score 77.64. Cost $ 62,000,000. Construction FY 2027
  • U.S. 70 Bypass. Wayne County. West Terminus, East of SR 1408, West of SR 1229 (Luby Smith Road). Improve Existing U.S. 70 to Freeway Standards from the West End of the U.S. 70 Bypass to the Wayne/Johnston County Line. Upgrade Arterial to Freeway/Expressway 3.45 miles. Score 75.24. Cost $ 62,900,000. Construction FY 2023

Not on the list are U.S. 70 projects including James City Expressway or a Kinston bypass.

Posted in Transportation

April 16th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

Posted in Planes Trains and Automobiles, Transportation

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