A lawsuit pertaining to construction of the U-S 70 Havelock Bypass is expected to be dismissed following signing of a settlement agreement. A press release from the state Department of Transportation says a settlement agreement has been signed by D-O-T and the Sierra Club, allowing the Department to proceed with the U-S 70 Havelock bypass. Under the agreement, the Sierra Club will seek dismissal of the lawsuit and the project can proceed once all permits are obtained. Among items in the agreement are D-O-T conveying a conservation easement on land adjacent to the project to provide additional protection to the Croatan National Forest and payment of $5.3 million to the NC Coastal Land Trust to be used to protect land in and around the Croatan. The 10.3 mile long bypass is expected to begin construction in early 2019 and be complete in 2022.