Study to look at economic impacts along U.S. 70

Published: Friday, July 26, 2013 at 06:55 PM.

As for businesses currently on the route that rely on the traffic, Martin said, “the same highway that spurred travel to this area now is congesting it. I believe we can solve that if you want it and are willing to work for it.”

The analysis will look at the current corridor status, all areas of economic development and ask about impediments to business recruitment and retention. It will also look at the impacts of completing U.S. 70 corridor bypasses and what is positive, and what steps are needed to mitigate any harm to retail merchants.

“Think about the economic future of Eastern North Carolina,” Martin said. “Do we want progress and growth or do we want it to stay like it is? I’m sure there are mixed feelings. Here’s the deal if you want economic development and jobs.”

Martin encouraged participation in the process.

“Look at this study critically and speak as boldly and forcefully as you can to get it done,” he said. “If you have a problem, see a problem, let them know about it. We don’t want surprises. We don’t want to be in the middle of construction and find out something we forgot to think about.”

The N.C. Department of Transportation has already scheduled construction of a U.S. 70 bypass of Havelock to begin in 2015. 



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