MOREHEAD CITY — An interagency team of local, state and federal agencies has identified the “preferred alternative” for the proposed 10-mile long U.S. 70 Havelock Bypass, the N.C. Department of Transportation announced Friday.
The alternative, called Corridor 3, will be constructed on a new location on the southwest side of Havelock and Highway 70.
It will begin north of the Havelock city limits, bypass Havelock and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and extend to the Carteret County line.
The highway will be four lanes divided by a median with interchanges at each end of the bypass and an interchange at Lake Road.
The Havelock Bypass will provide a high-speed alternative to the Highway 70.
The state’s Interagency Team identified Corridor 3 as the preferred alternative because it provides the best compromise between impacts to the Croatan National Forest and Havelock, has the lowest stream impacts, second lowest number of relocations, second lowest prime farmland impacts, second shortest length and lowest estimated cost, NCDOT said.
The agency is in the process of prioritizing projects it realistically can afford to fund through 2020. Funding for rights of way and construction will be determined as part of that process, but are scheduled for 2014 and 2016, respectively. To learn more, visit www.ncdot.gov.
For more information about the Havelock Bypass, please contact Mark Pierce at (919) 707-6035 or via e-mail at email@example.com, and reference project number R 1015.