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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  • by Citizen on Mar 7, 2012 at 11:48 AM
    Best thing the could ever do is build a bypass and hope that LaGrange would actually just fall off the map, only thing there is thugs and crooked cops.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2012 at 09:03 AM
    I am a little confused , if you bypass a town does that not mean that you will have less patrons traveling through it and less revenue being paid to the town.
  • by Jim Location: New Bern on Mar 3, 2012 at 06:51 AM
    Gee - a new bypass. I wonder if it won't wind up just like the LAST new bypass of LaGrange, when US70 was routed around the town - and the locals immediately started to build up on the new road. There should be a rule that ANY new bypass automatically be a limited-access road, so we don't have to waste money doing it over and over and ...
  • by Big Things? on Mar 3, 2012 at 05:25 AM
    Oh, like their own police dept?
  • by Kelly Location: Lenoir on Mar 3, 2012 at 04:29 AM
    The only positive of the by-pass for Lagrange would be to make it a bedroom community. Its a shame that you have the Electicities issue. Where/as my Progress energy bill just dropped $ 80 per month for this upcoming year all of the Electricites systems will be having a price increase. I wish you luck. The NCDOC, in a meeting held in Lenoir County stated that the bypassing of a community can reduce it to third world status in economic terms. The city of Bethal is an example.
  • by Road Wear on Mar 3, 2012 at 03:36 AM
    The growing areas of Eastern Carolina- Goldsboro, Jacksonville, and Greenville are so hard to travel between. Also, they hard to access points north or south from I-95. The bypass from Goldsboro and the bypass for Kinston should have been planned to take traffic off of US 13, by running northerly paths to around to HYY 11. When the Greenville Bypass is completed, it would help spur alot of growth. As it is now, they just want to get Raleighites to the beach, and recapture traffic lost when I-40 opened to Wilmington.
  • by John boy Location: been there on Mar 2, 2012 at 06:49 PM
    you poor dum people better wise up! It's the Liberal gov. at work again.Just drive over to bethel,NC.The by pass came thur a few short yrs. ago. The mayor said Bethel: Bethel was going to be a Boom Town! Yeah rite! The only grocery store they had closed up! they change the only stoplight to a stop sign.ford and chev dealers left town.chev twice!when they tried Day Lee Chev.!! they tore up all the city streets!And the town water bill starts at $100.00 a month min. even if you don't use it.that is the God's honest truth. So GET OUT AND DRIVE BY BETHEL ( LIKE EVERBODY ELSE)!!!
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      by Anonymous on Mar 2, 2012 at 08:22 PM in reply to John boy
      Read your comment againl you're callign other people dumb? That being said, your right in that this more then likely will not help LaGrange at all; however, at least this bypass will be near LaGrange whereas the one in Bethel is far away from it.
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      by Citizen on Mar 3, 2012 at 03:15 AM in reply to John boy
      John Boy, you are so right! They could be using the money to improve technical schools at the high school level, so people are educated to get a job and then bring the jobs in not by pass the the city. Washington is going down hill like Bethel.
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