North Carolina Highway 11 Bypass

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North Carolina Highway 11 marker

North Carolina Highway 11 Bypass
NC 11 Byp. highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length17.9 mi[2] (28.8 km)
Major junctions
South end NC 11 near Ayden

NC 33 near Greenville

North end US 13 / US 264 / NC 11 / NC 903 near Greenville
Highway system

North Carolina Highway 11 Bypass (NC 11 Byp.), is a 17.9-mile (28.8 km),[2] four-lane freeway in Pitt County, North Carolina. The freeway runs between a junction with NC 11 south of Ayden to an interchange between U.S. Highway 264 (US 264), US 13, NC 11, and NC 903 north of Greenville, wrapping around the west side of Ayden and Winterville and the northwest side of Greenville. The southern 12.6 miles (20.3 km) of the route is known as the Greenville Southwest Bypass, a freeway planned to alleviate traffic on the NC 11 and Stantonsburg Road corridors.[3] The remaining 6.8-mile (10.9 km) segment of the route is concurrent with US 264.

The Greenville Southwest Bypass was proposed due to the recent increased population growth of Greenville, which has led to congestion along the NC 11 corridor.[4] Additionally, the bypass was also planned to help aid growth and development within the area. As such, the Southwest Bypass Land Use Plan was adopted by the Pitt County Board of Commissioners on October 15, 2018, in order to guide the design and scale of future development along the corridor.[5]

Route description[edit]

The route begins as the Greenville Southwest Bypass at a partial interchange with NC 11 south of Ayden. The four-lane rural freeway wraps around the west side of Ayden, continuing north to an interchange with NC 102. The route continues northward through rural areas of Pitt County, including the Renston Rural Historic District, bypassing Winterville to the west and coming to two closely-spaced diamond interchanges with Forlines Road and US 13/US 264 Alternate (Dickinson Avenue). West of Greenville, the Greenville Southwest Bypass ends at a cloverleaf interchange with US 264 and Stantonsburg Road,[6] with the NC 11 Bypass freeway continuing north concurrent with US 264. Wrapping around the city of Greenville to the northwest, the route intersects NC 43 and NC 33 before terminating at a folded diamond interchange with US 13/NC 11/NC 903, from which US 264 continues to the east as a four-lane limited-access expressway.


In December 2007, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) completed a final environmental impact statement and also identified the preferred alternatives for the project.[7] Due to the bypass's proposed routing passing through the Renston Rural Historic District, the design was modified in 2007 in order to lessen the freeway's impact on the district. The design changes included removing a proposed interchange at NC 903 and shifting the alignment of the bypass eastward.[8] In August 2008, NCDOT released a record of decision for the project, detailing the chosen alternative.[9] The acquisition of the right-of-way was completed in January 2015. Construction on the project began in September 2016, and the project was expected to be completed in June 2020.[3] In May 2015, NCDOT awarded a $159 million contract to Barnhill Contracting, Sanford Contractors and HDR Design Group to design and construct the project, which was built via the design-build method.[4][10][11] Initially, the project, which meets Interstate Highway standards, was expected to cost a total of $231.8 million, including $159 million for construction, and be completed by June 2020. However, the project was ahead of schedule and was expected to cost less than the original estimates and be completed by November 2019.[4][12][13] The Greenville Southwest Bypass opened to traffic on November 22, 2019.[14]

Exit list[edit]

The entire route is in Pitt County.

Ayden0.00.0112 NC 11 south – KinstonContinuation as NC 11 south, northbound exit and southbound entrance
113 NC 102 – AydenSigned as Exit 113A (east) and Exit 113B (west) from southbound NC 11 Bypass
Greenville118Forlines Road – WintervilleDiamond interchange
US 13 / US 264 Alt. (Dickinson Avenue) – Snow Hill
Diamond interchange
12.620.3123 / 73123A / 73B: Stantonsburg Road – Downtown Greenville
123B / 73A:  US 264 west (John P. East Memorial Highway) – Wilson
Cloverleaf interchange; west end of US 264 overlap; signed as Exits 123A/B northbound and 73A/B southbound
75 NC 43 – Greenville, Rocky MountDiamond interchange
77 NC 33 – Tarboro, GreenvilleDiamond interchange
80 US 13 / US 264 east / NC 11 / NC 903 – Washington, Greenville, BethelFolded diamond interchange; east end of US 264 overlap; road continues east as US 264
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ "Southwest Greenville Bypass now open to drivers". WITN-TV. November 21, 2019. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Google (December 2, 2019). "North Carolina Highway 11 Bypass" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Greenville Southwest Bypass". North Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Bernstein, Larry. "Greenville Southwest Bypass Benefits Area Population Boom". Associated Construction Publications. Associated Construction Publications. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  5. ^ "SW_Bypass_Land_Use_Plan". Pitt County North Carolina. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  6. ^ "ROD Exhibits.pdf" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  7. ^ "FEIS_Intro_Sections.pdf" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  8. ^ "Project History". North Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  9. ^ "Microsoft Word - Final Draft ROD" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  10. ^ "Southwest Greenville Bypass". Barnhill Contracting Company. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  11. ^ "Project Highlights". North Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  12. ^ "Road work: Greenville S.W. Bypass moves along". APG East LLC. March 7, 2018. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  13. ^ "Road projects remain on target". APG East LLC. January 23, 2019. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  14. ^ "New portion of bypass around North Carolina city opens". WRAL-TV. November 22, 2019. Retrieved November 22, 2019.

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