BACKGROUND The Southwest Bypass has long been Pitt County’s highest priority transportation project in the North Carolina Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The Bypass is a four-lane, 12.6 mile highway that will begin at the US 264 Bypass west of Greenville, extend around the western side of Winterville, and will end approximately two miles south of Ayden on NC 11. The Bypass will relieve congestion and improve traffic safety, provide improved access to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, and will help improve regional travel time along the US 264/NC 11 corridor. Construction of the Bypass began in September 2016 and is expected to be complete in mid-2019.
PROJECT PURPOSE The Southwest Bypass Land Use Plan will be a collaborative effort between Pitt County, the Greenville Urban Area MPO, the City of Greenville, the Towns of Ayden and Winterville, and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). The development of the Southwest Bypass will present many development opportunities, particularly at major interchanges along the corridor. The land use plan will help guide the design and scale of future development in a manner that is compatible with the long-term goals of the County, municipalities and communities along the corridor.
STAY INVOLVED • Attend a public meeting – There will be an open house public workshop on June 25th from 4-7pm in the Goess Student Center at the Pitt Community College (169 Bulldog Run, Winterville, NC). Brief presentations of the draft recommendations will be given at 4:30pm and 6:00pm. This is an opportunity for residents, businesses, and other stakeholders to have a say in the future growth, development, and quality of life in the area around the Southwest Bypass.
• Online – Bookmark and visit this page of the website (www.PittCountyNC.gov/SWBypassPlan) often for updates. Here you will find upcoming public meetings, a survey, relevant articles of interest, and more!