Eastern North Carolina has shifted into high gear, investing more in highways, rail systems and waterways to make the region an even better location to access major markets along the Eastern Seaboard and in the Southeast.
Eastern North Carolina already offers plenty of connectivity with Interstates 40, 95, 495, 795 and U.S. highways 117, 258, 264, 64 and 17 cutting through the region. Several projects are underway to upgrade roads, bridges and other infrastructure to improve connectivity even more. Among them is the Greenville Southwest Bypass, a $233 million, four lane, 12.6-mile project expected to be complete in mid-2020 to relieve congestion and improve safety in Greenville and Pitt County.
Another project is the construction of the $221 million U.S. 70 Havelock Bypass to provide a high-speed alternative to using U.S. 70 through Havelock in Craven County. N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) officials say the bypass will provide a major connection from the Port of Morehead City to Raleigh and assist with economic development in Eastern North Carolina’s rural areas. Completion is set for 2024.