North Carolina Eminent Domain Lawyers

US 70 Widening and Upgrades

Fast Facts

NCDOT TIP # U-5713
Project Type:
Road Widening and Upgrades
Affected County:
Estimated Cost:


The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) plans to widen from four to six lanes a 2.5-mile section of US 70 from Grantham Road (SR 1124) by the Marine Federal Credit Union to Neuse River Bridge.

Planned improvements include upgrading the current road to a freeway. The NCDOT says this would involve raising US 70 over the intersecting side streets – Williams, Airport, and Grantham roads – and building interchanges to provide access to US 70. The existing service roads would be relocated away from the interchanges to maintain access to the side streets. Two-way traffic on the service roads would also be maintained.

The project proposes to reconnect Elder Street under US 70, remove the railroad spur line that crosses US 70, remove the pedestrian bridge over US 70, and add sidewalks and bicycle accommodations on the service roads and the roads that cross under US 70 (Williams, Airport, Grantham, Taberna, and E. Thurman).

This project is a component of NCDOT’s larger plan to improve an 8.6-mile section of US 70 – an essential transportation route in Craven County. The NCDOT asserts that this project will improve traffic flow, increase access to local community services, and enhance economic development in the James City area of Craven County.


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James City interstate work slowly advancing


Artist Rendering Finished Project map
Artist’s Rendering of Finished Project. Source: NCDOT.

US 70 map


  • Right-of-way acquisition – 2019
  • Start construction – 2020
  • End construction – 2023

Property Takings

It is estimated that approximately 160 parcels of property will be impacted by this project. Currently the NCDOT has set aside $26,000,000 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.