Kinston Bypass Meeting

People will have the opportunity to learn more about and sound off on the proposed Kinston Bypass in Lenoir, Jones and Craven Counties.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation is hosting two workshops in Kinston this week.

The Kinston Bypass is approximately 12 miles in length along US 70 near LaGrange to near Dover. The NC DOT says the plan is to build a four-lane divided freeway. The project's cost is estimated at $181,000,000.

You can learn more about the project by clicking here.

Tuesday's meeting is from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. inside the cafeteria of Kinston High School. Thursday's meeting is from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Kinston Public Service Complex, 2360 US Highway 258 South in Kinston.

The NC DOT says the Kinston Bypass is necessary to stop traffic capacity deficiencies along US 70 and US 70 Bypass in Lenoir County. The way it is now, officials say high traffic volumes combined with no control of access and closely-spaced intersections often result in stop and go rush hour traffic.

Officials say a bypass around Kinston also works into plans to speed the drive from Raleigh to Morehead City.

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  • by HAAAA! on Mar 2, 2010 at 05:40 AM
    ktownriverrat, The last two people you need to worry about is King's and NSS. Believe me if they never made another $ they would never miss it. They are part of the reason this thing has been drawn out as long as it has. Guess who is on the DOT board?? Looking out for themselves. Other businesses would pop up in other locations along the interstate. Some of that traffic would have a choice. Most bypasses turn into business magnets. Look at James City. Look at the old 70 Bypass in Kinston.
  • by dwreck101 Location: Kinston on Feb 23, 2010 at 01:00 PM
    I live here in Kinston I dont even like telling people that! It is clearly a ghost town! Im almost embarressed to represent my city. I dont spend any money here because there is nothing here. I would rather go to Raleigh or Greenville for that matter. Kinston is so small minded and never looking at the big picture. The city is falling off the map as we speak. What would a major highway hurt? What local business here is really flourishing look at our mall. Its pathetic! Its an indoor walking track with empty windows to look through! Why not give an oppourtunity for big name companys to even look into Kinston! It would make us so much more acessible! Kinston has focused so much on becoming a quite small community that we dont even get recognized anymore. People in Raleigh dont even know where Kinston is! Many towns have flourished because of Highways Cary, Smithfield, Clayton! R U really considering being left out of the loop again. Dont complain when business' choose not 2 locate here!
  • by Justice on Feb 23, 2010 at 12:53 PM
    If you want to know the real reason they want this road, look at whos buying or owning the land on and around where this road is going, and where they plan exits. Its all about the money.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 23, 2010 at 09:33 AM
    They need to worry about fixing what we have instead of adding more that will not be kept up to them.
  • by salemcat Location: new bern on Feb 23, 2010 at 09:08 AM
    I agree with ktownriverrat, Kinston already is a quiet town and a bypass would kill it. I live in New Bern, and all of the Raleigh big money that wants to get to the beach faster has ruined our highway 70 in James City. If the state is suppose to be in the red, then where is all of the money coming from? There goes our taxes again.
  • by rds on Feb 23, 2010 at 08:59 AM
    the state can spend on roads ,some needed , others not , but our schools system goes without , have the kids sale junk to get money for their school , its just wrong
  • by former Ktown, River-rat on Feb 23, 2010 at 08:04 AM
    Lot of money in Raleigh.......lot of money in Morehead. Not much in Kinston. 1 1= bypass. When are folks gonna learn you can't fight BIG money. Just be willing to keep on working and paying your taxes. And dont moan when they go up! This is is your duty! Anyone been to Kinston lately? Place is almost a ghost town. Please don't think you're going to go shopping in that mall. Wal Mart is all they got. m And all the crack hotels........they need to do some house cleaning. Maybe I will run...all I got to do is lie, lie, lie.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 23, 2010 at 07:20 AM
    Has anyone thought about the port in Morehead and that maybe this road is needed to make the port more viable?
  • by ktownriverrat Location: kinston on Feb 23, 2010 at 07:14 AM
    Building a bypass around Kinston will hurt local business in Kinston like Kings and Neuse Sports Shop. Look what happened to Route 66 when the interstate was built in that area. No one gets their kicks on route 66 anymore. Also, if the state has the $181,000,000.00 to build a road we don't need, why can't I get my state tax refund in a timely mannar? We need new people in office, and start with the Gov.
  • by 11 bypass on Feb 23, 2010 at 06:51 AM
    I agree that an 11 bypass would be more efficient but it would have to go so far around the city that it would almost not cut any time off. I think that making the drive to MHC is important b/c Raleigh people can already get to Wilmington in 2 hrs and Manteo in 3 hours, but having no direct route to AB and EI makes going there not as appealing...that ease of travel to Manteo and Wilmington just takes away money from AB and EI.
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