Second leg of Goldsboro bypass to open Saturday

Another leg of the new U.S. 70 bypass around Goldsboro opens Saturday, but the final stretch that will allow beach-bound traffic to avoid the city altogether won’t open until next summer.

The N.C. Department of Transportation plans to open the western section of the U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass by the end of the day Saturday, weather permitting.

The 5.9-mile stretch of road runs from U.S. 70 near N.C. 581 east to Interstate 795 on the north side of Goldsboro. There it connects with the first section of the bypass, which opened in 2011 and is currently designated as N.C. 44.

The final leg, which will connect back with U.S. 70 in Lenoir County east of Goldsboro, is scheduled to be completed next summer. Then, drivers coming to or from the coast will be able to take the 20-mile trip around Goldsboro.

The four-lane divided highway is expected to cost $246 million.