Construction will start next year on a $159.6 million contract, awarded this week to Barnhill Contracting of Tarboro, to build a 12.4-mile Greenville Bypass that will take U.S. 264 south and west of Greenville and Winterville in Pitt County.
“The big benefit is that it’s going to relieve congestion on Memorial Drive – N.C. 11 and U.S. 13 – north and south through Greenville,” said John Rouse, the state Department of Transportation engineer for Division Two, which includes Pitt and seven neighboring counties.
“A lot of heavy trucks that now go through Greenville and by the hospital complex will be able to use it as a bypass to get around town.”
The new road will run from U.S. 264 west of Greenville to N.C. 11 south of Ayden. It will be a four-lane divided highway with five interchanges and a speed limit of 70 miles per hour. The project is expected to be finished by July 2019.