Lenoir County Town Hopes Bypass Spurs Economic Development

The town of La Grange is hoping for big things with construction of a bypass.

The state's transportation secretary recently awarded a 104.4 million dollar contract for the next section of the U.S. 70 Goldsboro bypass in Wayne and Lenoir counties,

Construction is set to begin at the end of the year, and will connect the bypass from Wayne Memorial Drive in Wayne County to Highway 70 in Lenoir County, close to La Grange.

Town officials say the bypass will make it easier for people to travel to work or out of town, and they're also hopeful it will draw industry to the area. Town manager John Craft says companies are often drawn to places close to interstates, and although the bypass isn't designated an interstate yet, he's hopeful it will be in the future.

The DOT says the project will cost about 100 million dollars, and should by finished by 2015.

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