U.S. 70 Goldsboro bypass opens

Great news for people from the Triangle heading to the beach this weekend: the much anticipated Goldsboro bypass is open.

The state Department of Transportation held a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday at 11 a.m.

The 20-mile bypass for U.S. 70 starts in western Wayne County and finishes near La Grange in Lenoir County. It eliminates dozens of stoplights and an often-confusing loop for drivers in Goldsboro.

The bypass cost $232 million and was built in three sections, beginning in 2008. The last section, which is 12.5 miles long and has a $104.4 million price tag, will open on Friday.

On the flip side, the new highway will also make it easier for people in Kinston, New Bern and Morehead City to get to Raleigh.

Last month, U.S. 70 was designated a future interstate. That highway will eventually be called I-42.