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Emerald Isle NC Growth And Development Related To Interstate 42 And Camp Lejeune

Public discussions centered on growth and development in Emerald Isle NC as it relates to the economy, new homes and construction, traffic, beaches, and other topics in the face of Interstate 42 completion and new contracts at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps installation.

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Interstate 42 Completion

Currently, the construction and building of what will be the new Interstate 42 is underway and this can already be seen along Highway 70 in Newport. As it stands now, the Havelock bypass is currently being built, a bypass around New Bern and Kinston is already on the drawing board, and the bypass around Goldsboro and Smithfield is already completed. When the new interstate is complete, driving time to and from Raleigh is expected to be around 2 hours and 15 minutes compared to 3 hours.

Camp Lejeune Growth

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Installation is very strategic and is projected to keep growing in size and scope and this will mean a larger population of military families living in the area. Undoubtedly, many are choosing to live outside of Onslow County and wanting to live in the tranquility at the beaches of Emerald Isle, Cape Carteret, Stella, and Peletier.


Given the information above about Interstate 42 and Camp Lejeune, what do you think the future of Emerald Isle looks like as it relates to traffic, new home building, new businesses, the local economy, and impacts on the environment?

What is already in place within town government that is addressing the projected concerns and new population growth? What are the potential impacts on the beaches and marine life in this community?

For decades, Emerald Isle is known for it’s clean beaches and small town feel that attracts people wanting simplicity in their family vacations. Given this, what is town government, local developers, and environmental leaders currently doing to mitigate any impacts to the small town feel of the town, to lessen the impacts on marine life and clean beaches, and to tackle new growth and development of homes and businesses while still maintaining the tourism industry?

Are you encouraged or discouraged by the potential for Emerald Isle to attract more families who work or are stationed at Camp Lejeune?

What impacts will Interstate 42 have on current home prices versus future prices?

How can the town grow while still maintaining the simplicity that family vacationers love about the area?

Where exactly on the island of Bogue Banks can you build new homes and businesses? Can Highway 58 be widened without encroaching on marine life and natural habitats? Or, is it even possible to widen Highway 58 without encroaching on land owned by private citizens?

What did we not cover in this article that needs discussed as it relates to growth and development in Emerald Isle NC?

Michael Sharp

Native of Carteret County NC, Father to Makayla and Savannah. You can add me on Facebook. Interest include web development, encryption, and other technologies.

One thought on “Emerald Isle NC Growth And Development Related To Interstate 42 And Camp Lejeune

  • May 20, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    I just posted about the county, but I live in Emerald Isle and again I’m hoping the 2021 tourism season is very big this year which will certainly help the economy. I think businesses are really hurting after 2020 and I have my fingers crossed that visitotrs and travelers will find their way back to the Crystal Coast which is certainly set to see a tremendous amount of growth and new developments being built as more and more people discover our coast.


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