FutureInterstate 42 Shield from Shields Up! in NC

Interstate 42 is a 137 mile planned interstate route from I-40 south of Raleigh to Morehead City mostly along existing US 70. AASHTO gave approval to the number in May 2016, though originally NCDOT asked that the route be designated I-36, after the corridor was granted interstate status under the 2015 Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Highway Act. Here's the corridor map as submitted in its AASHTO application:1

Image of NCDOT I-42 corridor map submitted as part of application to AASHTO in May 2016

This page will summarize the progress in building and signing the route from west to east. The first segment to receive I-42 signage will be the Goldsboro Bypass. I've broken the route into 8 segments with a description of the progress of constructing I-42 in each:

Segment 1   

US 70 Clayton Bypass

Road Type: Interstate Standard Freeway        Length: 8.4 Miles

Status: Complete [Except for I-42 Signage]

This segment could be signed as I-42 today. NCDOT perhaps is waiting, however to sign it once projects east to I-95 in Smithfield are completed. Photos from this segment are in the Photos section below.


Segment 2    

US 70 from End of Clayton Bypass to Beginning of US 70 Goldsboro Bypass (includes Bypass US 70 in Smithfield)

Road Type: 4-lane Divided Roadway with some Freeway Sections    Length: 22.5 Miles

Status: Needs Upgrade to Interstate Status

There are two funded projects and one feasibility study underway to upgrade this section of US 70:

Upgrade to Interstate Standards from US 70 Business to Neuse River Bridge (W-5600) to start in January 2020

Here's a map of the project area:2

Image of project location map for US 70 upgrade project from end of Clayton to Neuse River bridge

Upgrade to Interstate Standards in Princeton Area (R-5829AB) from US 70A to Goldsboro Bypass Design Build Projects. Project A to start in 2025, Project B in 2028.

Here's a map of the project area:3

Image of map of US70 upgrade project in Johnston County by Super 70 Commission

A Feasibility Study (FS-1604A) was published in August 2018 for determining how to upgrade the remaining section between the Neuse River Bridge and Smithfield. It split the segment into 4 sections and compared the cost of simply upgrading shoulders to a complete upgrade to interstate standards of the existing route. The upgrade option was the preferred alternative, though they suggested maybe simply upgrading shoulders could get the route signed as I-42 for Sections 1 and 2, that is from the end of the Clayton Bypass to Creech's Mill Road in Smithfield (includes I-95 interchange) . Here's a Link to the Report. Construction Date TBD. Here's a map of the study area:4

Image of map of NCDOT feasibility study for upgrade of US 70 to I-42 between Neuse River bridge in Johnston County and Goldsboro Bypass in Wayne County, by Super 70 Commission

There are also several upcoming pavement upgrade projects for US 70 in Johnston County which may be part of I-42, depending on what final alignment is chosen.


Segment 3   

US 70 Goldsboro Bypass

Road Type: Interstate Standard Freeway    Length: 21.7 Miles

Status: Complete [Except for I-42 Signage, expected later in 2019(?)]

The Super 70 Commission Director reported in his January/February 2019 message that the FHWA has approved signing the US 70 Goldsboro Bypass as I-42.5 It is unknown when NCDOT will sign it. There are no projects listed at either the state or division level related to I-42. There is some conjecture that NCDOT will apply to AASHTO at their Fall 2019 meeting to decommission Bypass US 70 on the Goldsboro Bypass and ask that it be replaced by I-42. This would reduce the amount of sign changes that would be needed.


Segment 4   

Existing US 70 Freeway and new Kinston Bypass from LaGrange to Dover

Road Type: Upgrade to Freeway (part to be built on new location)    Length: 21-25 Miles

Status: Construction to Start in 2025

NCDOT is still studying the alternatives for the Kinston Bypass that will run from the end of the US 70 freeway near LaGrange to Dover. Here is a map of the possible alternatives:6

Image of NCDOT map of potential US 70/I-42 Kinston Bypass routes

Segment 5    

US 70 Freeway from Dover to New Bern

Road Type: Freeway        Length: 26.1 Miles

Status: Needs Upgrade to Interstate Status (Underway), to be Completed in Fall 2019

NCDOT awarded a contract in the Spring of 2019 to repave and widen US 70 to interstate standards along the existing freeway between Dover and the Neuse River Bridge in New Bern. Work is to be completed in the fall of 2019.

Here's a map of the project location:7

Image of map of US 70 pavement upgrade project in Jones and Craven County, by Super 70 Commission

Signing of the section will not occur until the Kinston Bypass and related construction are completed.

Visit NCDOT's Kinston Bypass Project website.


Segment 6   

US 70 Neuse River Bridge to Havelock Bypass

Road Type: 4-lane Divided Roadway    Length: 13.7 Miles

Status: Needs Upgrade/New Construction to Interstate Freeway

A 2-Part Project: First is from Neuse River Bridge to Thurman Road, (U-5713/R-5777AB, 5.1 Miles). Start of Construction-2021 (Design/Build Project to be awarded in Fall 2019. Part of contract to create interchange at Thurman Road under construction and another interchange with Glen Burnie Road.)

Map of Project Corridor:8

Image of NCDOT map of US 70/Future I-42 upgrade project in Craven County

Second is Thurman Road to Havelock Bypass (R-5777C, 8.6 Miles) including construction of service roads. Start of Construction-2021

There is also a project under way to create the Slocum Gate Interchange at Cherry Point MCAS - Completion March 2020

Visit NCDOT's US 70 Improvements in James City website.


Segment 7    

US 70 Havelock Bypass

Road Type: Unbuilt Freeway        Length: 10.1 Miles

Status: Construction to Start in August 2019

NCDOT Project Map:9

NCDOT map of site of future Havelock Bypass Project for Future Interstate 42

Visit NCDOT's Havelock Bypass Project Website.


Segment 8

US 70 from end of Havelock Bypass to Morehead City

Road Type: Mostly 4-lane divided        Length: Approx. 11 Miles

Status: Need Upgrade to Interstate Freeway

One project, rebuilding the Newport River Bridge from a 2-lane to 4-lane structure is to start in 2022. Map showing location:10

Image of Super 70 Commission map of location of widened Newport River Bridge, April 2019

Remaining projects between the Havelock Bypass and the bridge are not funded. Some doubt I-42 will make it to the bridge due to the difficulty in constructing an interstate through an urban area.


Visit the Future I-42 Exit List


Photos

Segment 1

(Taken of Future I-42 signs in March 2017)

Image of Begin Future I-42 sign placed at the beginning of the US 70 Clayton Bypass in late 2016

Begin I-42 sign at the start of the East US 70 Clayton Bypass.

Image of End Future I-42 sign at I-40 exits at end of US 70 West Clayton Bypass in March 2017

The End Future I-42 sign is after the (Entering) Wake County sign at the western end of the US 70 Clayton Bypass.

Image of NC 42 exit sign on US 70/Future I-42 East in Clayton in March 2017

Will this cause any confusion? The first exit on Future I-42/US 70 East is for NC 42 in Clayton.

Want to contribute photos? Feel free to email me at rmalme7374 at gmail.com.

Sign Plans

Exit sign plans for Havelock Bypass (unknown why numbers nearly duplicate existing numbers near New Bern):11

Image of NCDOT sign plan for Business 70 exit on US 70 Havelock Bypass (Future Interstate 42)

Image of NCDOT sign plan for 1/2 mile advance sign for Lake Rd exit on US 70 Havelock Bypass (Future Interstate 42)

Image NCDOT sign plan for Business US 70 East exit on US 70 Havelock Bypass (Future Interstate 42)

Image of NCDOT sign plan for exit ramps signs on US 70 Business for US 70 Havelock Bypass (Future Interstate 42)

Here's an I-42 Shirt advertised on the Internet (no endorsement):

Image of I-42 t-shirt advertised on the internet

Notes

1. NCDOT. Future I-36 Corridor Map. Downloaded from: https://connect.ncdot.gov/resources/safety/Route%20Changes/I-42%20Proposed%20Corridor%20Map%20160308.pdf, July 8.

2.NCDOT. 2019. NC Board of Transportation, US 70 Work Group, US 70 Corridor Workshop, Division 4. April, p. 2. Downloaded from: http://www.super70corridor.com/wp-content/uploads/April-2019-US-70-Workshop-Division-4.pdf, July 10.

3. NCDOT. 2019. NC Board of Transportation, US 70 Work Group, US 70 Corridor Workshop, Division 4. April, p. 4. Downloaded from: http://www.super70corridor.com/wp-content/uploads/April-2019-US-70-Workshop-Division-4.pdf, July 10.

4. NCDOT. 2019. NC Board of Transportation, US 70 Work Group, US 70 Corridor Workshop, Division 4. April, p. 6. Downloaded from: http://www.super70corridor.com/wp-content/uploads/April-2019-US-70-Workshop-Division-4.pdf, July 10.

5. US 70 Corridor Commission. 2019. Director's Update. January/February, p. 4. Downloaded from: http://www.super70corridor.com/wp-content/uploads/Jan_Feb_2019-Directors-Report.pdf, July 10.

6. NCDOT. 2019. NC Board of Transportation, US 70 Work Group, US 70 Corridor Workshop, Division 2. April, p. 6. Downloaded from: http://www.super70corridor.com/wp-content/uploads/April-2019-US-70-Workshop-Division-2.pdf, July 10.

7. NCDOT. 2019. NC Board of Transportation, US 70 Work Group, US 70 Corridor Workshop, Division 2. April, p. 7. Downloaded from: http://www.super70corridor.com/wp-content/uploads/April-2019-US-70-Workshop-Division-2.pdf, July 10.

8. NCDOT. 2019. NC Board of Transportation, US 70 Work Group, US 70 Corridor Workshop, Division 2. April, p. 9. Downloaded from: http://www.super70corridor.com/wp-content/uploads/April-2019-US-70-Workshop-Division-2.pdf, July 10.

9. NCDOT. 2019. US 70 Havelock Bypass Project Page. Downloaded from: https://www.ncdot.gov/projects/us-70-havelock-bypass/Pages/default.aspx, July 8.

10. NCDOT. 2019. NC Board of Transportation, US 70 Work Group, US 70 Corridor Workshop, Division 2. April, p. 19. Downloaded from: http://www.super70corridor.com/wp-content/uploads/April-2019-US-70-Workshop-Division-2.pdf, July 10.

11. Plans from: Signing Plan, Craven and Carteret Counties, Location: US 70 Havelock Bypass from South of Carteret/Craven County Line to South of SR 1176 (Carolina Pines Blvd.), NCDOT TIP R-1015, November 20, 2018. Available at: https://xfer.services.ncdot.gov/dsplan/2019%20Highway%20Letting/02-19-19/Plans%20and%20Proposals/Craven_R-1015_C204177/Standard%20PDF%20Files/250%20Signing%20Plans.pdf

Site created: July 10, 2019

(c) Robert H. Malme 2019

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