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$242 million state contract awarded for interstate standards upgrades for another section of US 70

(U.S. 70 project map provided by NCDOT)

Another segment of U.S. 70 in Craven County will be upgraded to interstate standards, thanks to a $242 million state contract awarded last week.

The N.C. Department of Transportation will improve 6.4 miles of the highway between Thurman Road and the Havelock Bypass. Officials say that section serves the Global TransPark in Kinston, several military installations, the Port of Morehead City, and beach communities.

“The is a vital highway for eastern North Carolina," said Jeff Cabaniss, the Division 2 Engineer based in Kinston. “By upgrading it, we will be improving regional mobility and highway safety and providing new economic opportunities in this region of the state."

The Stately Pine Road, Fisher Avenue, and Camp Kiro Road intersections will be converted into interchanges, or highway exits.

Construction will start by early 2024, and it will take about four years to complete the improvements.

The U.S. 70 corridor between Raleigh and the port will become Interstate 42.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to eastern North Carolina in 2019 to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of kiddo cuddling, reading, and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.