Work could begin soon on Havelock Bypass for U.S. 70

HAVELOCK, NC (WITN) - Construction could begin later this month on eliminating stoplights for your road trip to the beach.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation says it was awarded a $167.2 million project to a Wilmington company to build the Havelock Bypass for U.S. 70.

The 10.3 mile long bypass will be a four-lane highway with a design speed of 70 miles per hour. It will eventually become Interstate 42 going from Raleigh to Morehead City.

Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc. will construct 15 bridges and use 288,000 tons of asphalt on the project.

The bypass will be built southwest of the existing highway and is expected to be open by the spring of 2024.