Officials want residents to provide input on the Land Use Plan for the Southwest Bypass corridor.
The 12.6 mile bypass is currently under construction. Upon completion in June 2020, the four-lane highway will take motorist from the west side of Ayden to the west side of Greenville. According to the State Department of Transportation, the local economy will benefit from the highway’s five interchanges, which will have the potential to spur commercial and residential development. Now, Pitt County is creating a Land Use Plan for the bypass corridor that will address the preservation of existing rural and community aspects while meeting transportation and future development needs. Residents and business and property owners will have the opportunity to learn more about the study area, provide input for future growth, and talk with the steering committee and consultant team. A public meeting takes place 4-7pm at Pitt Community College. A second public meeting will be held in June 2018. Residents may also take an online survey to help determine the priority infrastructure improvements, recreational projects and economic development initiatives.