Planning continues for Havelock bypass

Published: May. 27, 2016 at 9:07 PM EDT
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As the U.S. 70 bypass in Goldsboro opened Friday, planning continues for the bypass in Havelock.

The state is in the process of buying right-of-way property for the $173-million project.

The bypass will be a four-lane highway, providing an alternative to the existing U.S. 70 through Havelock -- where traffic builds up due to the large number of stoplights and intersections.

The road will be located on the southwest side of Havelock, starting at the city limits and extending 10 miles south near the Craven-Carteret county line.

State officials project construction to begin in 2018, and the road to be complete in 2021.