The N.C. Department of Transportation is beginning construction on the U.S. 70 Improvements in James City project.

The U.S. 70 Improvements span 5.1 miles from the Neuse River Bridge in James City to just east of Thurman Road in Craven County. The fact sheet, found here, provides an overview of what to expect during construction.

The $327.56 million project is scheduled to be completed in 2023.

The embedded video below shows you what to expect during construction and visit to learn more. NCDOT’s goal is to help you reach your destination safely and on time.

N.C. Department of Transportation map. See below for a more detailed map.


SOURCE: N.C. Department of Transportation

As construction trucks and equipment move onto U.S. 70 in James City, the department is committed to being a good neighbor to nearby property owners and those using the corridor. 

The project team is available to answer any questions. Send an email to or call 855-925-2801 and enter code 7872 when prompted.

Members of the public may also visit the new site office at 118B Market St., New Bern, just around the corner from the Culligan of New Bern building off U.S. 70 in James City. There, they can ask questions and receive information by making an appointment by email or phone. 

Follow social media for updates on twitter at @NCDOT_Scoast or Facebook at @NCDOT.

Detailed map

N.C. Department of Transportation map.

Work is expected​ to eliminate the existing signalized intersections on U.S. 70 at Williams Road, Airport Road, Grantham Road, Taberna Way and Thurman Road in James City by taking U.S. 70 over these side roads and providing access via ramps.

This is a design-build project, which means the contractor is teamed up with a design firm to assist in the design of the project. This method allows innovation and a reduced schedule since the designer and contractor are working hand-in-hand, and while construction is under way on some sections of the highway, design work is continuing for other sections. 

The project is among several to improve the U.S. 70 Corridor – one of the primary east-west corridors across eastern North Carolina.

U.S. 70 provides an important connection between the port at Morehead City, military bases in Havelock and Goldsboro, and the Global TransPark in Kinston. NCDOT has identified the corridor as one of three in which improvements would assist economic development in the primarily rural areas of eastern North Carolina.

In addition, the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act​ designated U.S. 70 from I-40 in Garner to the port at Morehead City as a high-priority corridor and future interstate (later signed as Interstate 42). The interstate designation will benefit military interconnectivity, aid in economic development, create jobs, and stimulate growth in travel and tourism.  

What to expect

Construction will minimize impacts to travelers as much as possible by separating the traveling public from construction when possible.

Construction vehicles may enter and exit the construction zones throughout the day. Work along service roads will be done utilizing flagging operations. This means trained flagger crews or automated flaggers will be present in the work zone to ensure safe coordination of traffic during construction.
Access to local businesses and residential areas will be maintained.

During Stage 4 of construction, temporary traffic signals will be installed along with reduced conflict intersections to provide access to streets on either side of U.S. 70 once the median is closed.

On U.S. 70, travelers can expect:

  • Night-time lane closures and periodic night-time detours may occur.
  • Weekend, daytime lane closures during non-holiday and non-summer months.
  • No weekday, daytime lane closures to occur.
  • Two lanes of traffic in each direction to be maintained during peak travel times throughout construction.

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