North Carolina Eminent Domain Lawyers

US 70 Freeway Upgrades

Fast Facts

NCDOT TIP # R-5777A & R-5777B
Project Type: Intersection Improvements
Affected County: Craven
Estimated Cost: $104,039,000


The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) plans to improve the intersection of US 70 and West/East Thurman Road by Brice’s Creek Bible Church by changing the at-grade intersection to an interchange. It also plans to make improvements to the intersection of US 70 & Taberna Way by converting the intersection to an interchange and extending Taberna Way to Old Cherry Point Road at its current intersection with Hall Road.

This project is a part of NCDOT’s larger plan (R-5777) to improve an 8.6-mile section of US 70 – one of the primary east-west corridors across eastern North Carolina. Serving as a connector between the port at Morehead City, military bases in Havelock and Goldsboro, and the Global TransPark in Kinston, the NCDOT has identified the US 70 as an essential road in assisting economic development. It asserts that this project will improve traffic flow as well as provide for better access to local community services.


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US 70 map

US 70 map


  • Right-of-way acquisition – 2019
  • Start construction – 2019
  • End construction – 2022

Property Takings

It is estimated that more than 95 parcels of property will be impacted by the R-5777 project. Currently the NCDOT has set aside $40,800,000 for right-of-way takings. If your property will be affected, contact one of our attorneys (four of whom previously worked on behalf of the NCDOT) for a free case evaluation.