The new US 70 bypass project should shave some time off your drive to the beach. But residents are concerned with the impacts to homes and business in the path of the proposed route. This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with NCDOT officials who outline the project and address concerns. And, you don’t normally associate manatees with North Carolina, but an increase in sightings have been reported this summer. We talk to a Carteret County man about his recent encounter.