- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Triangle motorists heading for the Crystal Coast, as well as coastal residents traveling to Raleigh, now can make their trip without passing directly through Goldsboro.

The N.C. Department of Transportation on Friday opened a 20-mile bypass for U.S. 70 which eliminates numerous stoplights and a confusing loop in the Goldsboro area. The new highway also makes it easier for people in Kinston, New Bern and Morehead City to get to Raleigh.

The bypass starts in western Wayne County and brings drivers near La Grange in Lenoir County.

The bypass cost $232 million and was built in three sections, beginning in 2008. The section which opened on Friday is 11.9 miles long.

In April, U.S. 70 was designated a future interstate which will eventually become Interstate 42.

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