NCDOT confirmed to me on twitter today that the first leg of the Goldsboro Bypass will be open to traffic by week's end. The first leg of the new freeway runs from I-795 east to Wayne Memorial Drive.
The new highway will be designated NC 44. This is the re-commissioning of an Eastern North Carolina route that was removed in 1994. The designation, however, will not last long as when the bypass is completed, US 70 will be moved onto the freeway bypass.
I will have a photo tour posted on the blog once the highway opens.