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Havelock Bypass Moving Forward Again

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A lawsuit pertaining to construction of the U-S 70 Havelock Bypass is expected to be dismissed following signing of a settlement agreement. A press release from the state Department of Transportation says a settlement agreement has been signed by D-O-T and the Sierra Club, allowing the Department to proceed with the U-S 70 Havelock bypass. Under the agreement, the Sierra Club will seek dismissal of the lawsuit and the project can proceed once all permits are obtained.  Among items in the agreement are D-O-T conveying a conservation easement on land adjacent to the project to provide additional protection to the Croatan National Forest and payment of $5.3 million to the NC Coastal Land Trust to be used to protect land in and around the Croatan.  The 10.3 mile long bypass is expected to begin construction in early 2019 and be complete in 2022.

George Olsen is a 1977 Havelock High School graduate. He received his B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Carolina in 1982 where he got his first taste of non-commercial radio working for their student station WUSC. After graduation he worked about five years in commercial radio before coming to work at Public Radio East where he has remained since outside of a nearly 3-year stint as jazz and operations coordinator at WUAL in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in the early 1990s. On his return to eastern North Carolina he hosted classical music for Public Radio East before moving into the Morning Edition host position and now can be heard on All Things Considered. He also hosts and produces The Sound, five hours of Americana, Roots Rock and Contemporary Folk weekday evenings on PRE Public Radio East News & Ideas, and is a news and feature producer for Public Radio East.