Chamber urges NCDOT to move ahead with Havelock Bypass

The Chamber has submitted comments to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), urging the NCDOT to build the US 70 Havelock Bypass along the preferred route. (The Havelock Bypass is NCDOT Tip Project No. R-1015.)

“US 70 is central to Carteret County’s transportation network, and the Chamber advocates improvements to the US 70 corridor between Raleigh and Carteret County to eventually result in a limited or restricted access thoroughfare that is designed to move traffic more efficiently and with greater safety,” said Mary Carlyle Brown, who is Chair of the Public & Government Affairs Committee.

She said: “Construction of the Havelock Bypass will be one more step forward in the coordinated effort toward elevating US 70 to the status as a ‘Future Interstate,’ as is specified in ‘The Military Corridor Transportation Improvement Act,’ now under consideration in the U.S. Congress, to ensure superior transportation facilities from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point to the Port of Morehead City.”

The Chamber fully endorses and supports the design and construction of the Havelock Bypass on NCDOT’s “Preferred Alternative” route, because it is the least costly alternative, has the fewest number of relocations of existing structures and is the least harmful to the environment and the Croatan National Forest.

Chamber members and citizens are encouraged to send written comments to Diane Wilson, NCDOT, PDEA – Human Environment Section, 1598 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1958 or by email to The deadline to submit public comments on the Havelock Bypass design phase is Monday, September 28.