Greenville Bypass Project On Fast Track

A major highway project in Eastern Carolina has officially been fast-tracked, although construction is not set to begin for several years.

The NC DOT says work will begin in parts of the Greenville Southwest Bypass as early as 2018. The bypass aims to connect the U.S. 264 Bypass in Greenville to south of Highway 102 in Ayden.

The bypass is part of an urban loop program in six cities across the state. The Greenville Southwest Bypass will be located near the area south of Forlines Rd. (State Rd. 1126) to U.S. 264 Greenville Bypass.

The accelerated schedule is possible because of bonds that allow the NC DOT to borrow against future federal funding.

The urban loop program totals 353 miles, 140 of which are currently open to traffic. The estimated cost to build the remaining 213 miles is about $8 billion. At the previous funding rate, it would have taken more than 50 years to complete the program.


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  • by Rusty Shackelford Location: Pitt County on Sep 9, 2011 at 11:03 AM
    Greenville doesn't have a traffic problem, Greenville has a "stupid" problem. If you can't at least drive the speed limit, then get outta the left lane, turn lanes are for turning, you do not need to stop then get in the turn lane. Don't try to cross 4 lanes of heavy traffic to make a left turn, make a right and go to the next light and turn around instead...it's safer and usually quicker, a yield sign means you can go IF the way is clear, if not YOU have to STOP and wait until it is. If we can flush out all of the stupid drivers from Greenville just think of the money we can save on building new roads so the rest of us can get around them.
  • by Greg Location: Greenville on Sep 9, 2011 at 09:58 AM
    Fast track program that won't start for several years. That fits NCDOT perfectly
  • by anon Location: snow hill on Sep 9, 2011 at 08:38 AM
    Maybe Greenvile and the surrounding area need a subway too ?
  • by taxman Location: wilson on Sep 8, 2011 at 03:33 PM
    "The accelerated schedule is possible because of bonds that allow the NC DOT to borrow against future federal funding." Have the whiz kids over at NC DOT not ever heard the old expression "It is not wise to count your chickens before they hatch.". This is especially true when depending on the availability of "...future federal funding". Maybe genius group over at DOT hasn't heard yet but the Tea Party and local Rethugican politicos are doing their best to reduce federal spending;this is not a bad idea. It just may, however, affect their plans for the "furure federal funding" they are counting on. Besides, the 50 year plan doesn't sound too bad; who knows where the coast line will be by then ? Maybe we will all need a ferry to bypass Greenville by then, maybe Greenville and surrounding swampland will become the new " Emerald Crystal Coast" and folks won't want to bypass Greenville ! Stay tuned folks, could be another boondogle in the making here; tell your kids and grandkids you heard it here first.
  • by taxman Location: wilson on Sep 8, 2011 at 03:33 PM
    "The accelerated schedule is possible because of bonds that allow the NC DOT to borrow against future federal funding." Have the whiz kids over at NC DOT not ever heard the old expression "It is not wise to count your chickens before they hatch.". This is especially true when depending on the availability of "...future federal funding". Maybe genius group over at DOT hasn't heard yet but the Tea Party and local Rethugican politicos are doing their best to reduce federal spending;this is not a bad idea. It just may, however, affect their plans for the "furure federal funding" they are counting on. Besides, the 50 year plan doesn't sound too bad; who knows where the coast line will be by then ? Maybe we will all need a ferry to bypass Greenville by then, maybe Greenville and surrounding swampland will become the new " Emerald Crystal Coast" and folks won't want to bypass Greenville ! Stay tuned folks, could be another boondogle in the making here; tell your kids and grandkids you heard it here first.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 8, 2011 at 01:46 PM
    I remember when the Highway 11 Bypass was built during the late 60's or early 70's between Winterville and Kinston. People were making the same arguments then in opposition as they are now to the new bypass. What if their logic had prevailed back then? Just look at the traffic on NC 11 now. I hate it for the landowners in the Renston area, but honestly, your dirt isn't any older than anybody else's in Pitt County.
  • by Mom on Sep 8, 2011 at 12:55 PM
    By the time that this bypass is built, it will be so outdated. Government at its best.
  • by steve Location: greenville on Sep 8, 2011 at 12:51 PM
    fast-track means we'll get started within 7 years....well, probably. unless that changes... I Can't wait until the government takes over my healthcare.... that should be efficient care.
  • by ECUPirate Location: Chesapeake, VA on Sep 8, 2011 at 12:44 PM
    To those who say traffic in Greenville is not bad, consider this: I live in an area with 1.6 million more people, more congestion, roads that are crumbling and I would STILL rather drive here. Driving in Greenville is a nightmare. Yes, the bypass will help. Would it be better if there were an expressway through town? Most likely. Will that ever be built? Probably not. At least North Carolina is getting the roads they need built.
  • by J Howard Location: Greenville on Sep 8, 2011 at 12:13 PM
    This is terrific. South Memorial will only get more congested with housing and retail growth south of Greenville Blvd. and will be a mess by the time this project is complete. Getting the trucks off will help safety and efficient traffic flow.
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      by Sam on Sep 8, 2011 at 01:22 PM in reply to J Howard
      That proposed bypass would have interchanges instead of intersections. With interchanges it's extremely doubtful you would have traffic jams.
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