M. Durwood Stephenson, Director
1090 West Market Street
P.O. Box 1187
Smithfield, NC 27577
To partner with local, regional and state government agencies to effectively support initiatives enhancing safety, mobility and economic vitality along the Highway 70 corridor through land use planning, transportation improvement and economic development strategies.
On May 27, 2016 Governor Pat McCrory and NC Department of Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson joined state and local officials and members of the Highway 70 Corridor Commission to open the completed Goldsboro Bypass. The bypass will provide greater access to Seymour Johnson AFB, the Port at Morehead City, Global TransPark and the Crystal Coast. The US 70 corridor between Interstate 40 and Morehead City has been designated Interstate 42.
On March 30, 2016 Governor Pat McCrory unveiled a future U.S. Interstate 70 sign during a ceremony in Wayne County. "Today is a great day for eastern North Carolina and our entire state," Governor McCrory said. "Enhancing the U.S. 70 corridor continues our administration's focus on preparing North Carolina for the future, connecting North Carolina and supporting our military, agriculture and overall economy."
US Highway 70 from its intersection from Interstate 40 in Garner to the Port at Morehead City US Highway 117/Interstate 795 from US Highway 70 in Goldsboro to Interstate 40 west of Faison Raleigh-Norfolk corridor from Raleigh, through Rocky Mount, Williamston and Elizabeth City to Norfolk, Virginia Read More About Our New Interstates
A new study finds improving the U.S. 70 corridor will create hundreds of new jobs and improve the region’s economy by more than one billion dollars. US 70 Corridor Economic Assessment Study US 70 Corridor Economic Assessment Study Executive Summary
The report from Cambridge Systematics and Sanford Holshouser Economic Development Consulting, focused on the potential impact of making U.S. 70 a limited access, Interstate-like highway from Raleigh to Morehead City. It was released today at a meeting of the Highway 70 Corridor Commission, which is chaired by Carteret County Commissioner Robin Comer. Among its findings, the study concluded by 2040 the series of bypasses and upgrade projects would: Create as many as 1,900 jobs each year for communities that rely on the corridor like Smithfield, Goldsboro, Kinston, New Bern, Havelock and Morehead City. Add $1.2 billion to the gross regional product, including $900 million in additional personal income Save $56 million for existing businesses. “U.S. 70 is older and large segments have not been brought up to more current highway standards,” the report said. “Therefore, the communities surrounding the corridor are losing their competitive advantage to those areas with better [...]