The Interstate 42 (I-42) corridor project has the potential to significantly effect Carteret County NC population growth and business development growth, but will it be for the good or bad?
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UPDATE: NCDOT has announced the Havelock bypass.
The I-42 corridor is a NC State plan to have in place a Interstate between Raleigh, NC and Cedar Island, NC within the next 20 years. This project is already underway with the completion of the new Gallants Channel bridge and bypass around Goldsboro and Smithfield. Yet to be completed is Interstate supporting roadway in Havelock, New Bern, and Kinston. Areas in “down east” will likely see considerable new development and roadway improvements.
What it means for Carteret County NC
- The time it takes to drive from Raleigh to Carteret County will be shortened by up to 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- Traffic delays between the triad and our county will be shortened, with more traffic in the county increasing.
- Rapid population growth will be assured.
- Tourism growth will be assured.
- Both big name brand and small business growth will happen.
- In order to effectively serve a larger population, a new hospital and schools will have to be built.
- New road construction to serve the population growth will have to happen.
- Considerable amounts of new housing will have to be developed. This will likely happen more so in the Newport areas of Highway 24 and between Newport and Havelock. More housing will also likely be built in areas down east.
- More jobs and new industry will be realized in the county.
- Technology driven services will become more prevalent.
- Michael J. Smith airport expansion likely leading to commercial commuter flights to Raleigh-Durham International and Charlotte International.
Discussion Centered Around The Interstate 42 (I-42) corridor Project
Many believe the tourism that Carteret County gets is related to our “old time” feel small beach town community with very little commercialism and unspoiled beaches.
How do you see that changing?
With water on three sides of Morehead City, how does new roadway, schools, and housing development occur? Where do you put new schools on Bogue Banks?
What positive or negative impacts do you see happening for the Croatan National Forest?
Where in the Bogue Banks communities of Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, Salter Path, and Emerald Isle do you build new housing and roadway? Do you foresee the many resorts on the island being replaced by high rise condos?
With a considerable larger population and larger tourism population, what happens to our unspoiled quaint beaches?
How does local home grown commercial fishing get impacted?
In your opinion, is the loss of the small town beach community feel a good trade-off for more jobs and growth, or do you think the Interstate 42 corridor project will have a negative impact on Carteret County?