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) was to start in January 2020 but as of July 2019 has been pushed back to March 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, including a project C204333 (TIP No. I-6044) that will, as part of the project, reconstruct US 70 Bypass and other portions of US 70. Here is a map of the project area and 2 of the 4 work zones, work started in August 2019 and is scheduled to be completed in October 2020:5

Image of sketch map of work project zones for Future I-42 pavement rehabilitation project in Johnston County

Here's the typical section plan showing shoulders varying from 2 to 10 feet. Rumble strips will also be added to Bypass 70 section, the only section that is currently a freeway:5

Image of NCDOT typical section plan for US 70 pavement reconstruction project along Bypass US 70 (Future I-42) in Johnston County


Segment 3   

US 70 Goldsboro Bypass

Road Type: Interstate Standard Freeway    Length: 21.7 Miles

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

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-42.6 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 was 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, however that didn't happen. A future request would reduce the amount of sign changes that would be needed.


Segment 4   

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

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

Status: Construction to Start in 2020 (US 70 Freeway) and 2025 (Bypass)

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:7

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

A project that will resurface and upgrade 3.1 miles of the existing US 70 freeway to Interstate Standards from the Bear Creek Bridge at the end of the Goldsboro Bypass to Willie Measley Road east of LaGrange (Project I-6034) was to be let in September 2019, but in July 2019 that was pushed back to March 2020.


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 March 2021

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 now not to be completed until the spring of 2021.

Here's a map of the project location:8

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

As of October 7, 2019 the project is 39.4% complete and the official completion date of February 13, 2020 has been pushed back a year to March 1, 2021.9 Signing of the section will not occur until the Kinston Bypass and related construction are completed.

See the progress in shoulder widening as of May 2019 along US 70 west of New Bern using Google Maps Street View.

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 Completion-2023 (Design/Build Project was awarded in September 2019 and work started on October 22.10,11 Part of contract that is creating interchange at Thurman Road already under construction along with another interchange with Glen Burnie Road.)

Map of Project Corridor:12

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 Started on August 30, 2019. Project to be completed in May 2024.

NCDOT Project Map:13

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

On August 1, 2019, NCDOT awarded the $167.2 million contract to build the Bypass to Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc. of Wilmington, NC. Work started on August 30 and as of October 22, 2019 work is 2.5% complete. The current completion date is May 2024.14

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:15

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):16

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

*Project funding has been suspended by NCDOT due to agency's budget issues. NCDOT is working with state legislature to find alternative sources of revenue. It is unknown when, or if, construction will be started on this project.

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. NCDOT. Construction Plans. Contract C204333. Location: US 70 (Future I-42) from SR 1003 (Buffalo Road) to Wayne County Line, pp. 2 and 5. Downloaded from: https://xfer.services.ncdot.gov/dsplan/2019%20Highway%20Letting/05-21-19/Plans%20and%20Proposals/JOHNSTON_I-6044_4799.3.1_C204333/Sketch%20Map.pdf, August 5.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. NCDOT. 2019. Construction Progress Report, Contract No. C 204139, TIP No. I-6002. Information as of July 16. Downloaded from: https://apps.ncdot.gov/traffictravel/progloc/ProgLocSearch.aspx, August 2.

10. NCDOT. 2019. Five Miles of Craven County Highway to be Upgraded. Press Release. September 25. Downloaded from: https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2019/2019-09-25-craven-county-highway-upgrade-contract.aspx, September 27.

11. NCDOT. 2019. Construction Progress Report, Contract No. C 204225, TIP Nos. R-5777A, R-5777B, U-5713. Information as of October 22. Downloaded from: https://apps.ncdot.gov/traffictravel/progloc/ProgLocSearch.aspx, November 8.

12. 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.

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

14. NCDOT. 2019. Construction Project Report, Contract No. C 204177, TIP No. R-1015.  Downloaded from: https://apps.ncdot.gov/traffictravel/progloc/ProgLocSearch.aspx, November 8.

15. 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.

16. 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

Site Updated: November 8, 2019

(c) Robert H. Malme 2019

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