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Construction on Durham's East End Connector to begin in February

Posted January 7, 2015

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— The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that it has awarded a $142 million contract to Dragados USA Inc., of New York City, to begin construction of the long-discussed East End Connector in Durham.

The 3.9-mile highway, which is scheduled to be finished in 2019, will connect the Durham Freeway and the U.S. Highway 70/N.C. Highway 98 intersection. It will also upgrade U.S. 70 to a freeway between Pleasant Drive and N.C. 98.

The East End Connector will be two lanes in each direction with space for a future third lane in each direction.

While the highway is being constructed, crews will not be allowed to close lanes of U.S. 70 between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. on weekdays, and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays.

After the highway is completed, NCDOT officials will ask the Federal Highway Administration and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation to designate the connecter and the Durham Freeway as Interstate 885.


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  • hp277 Jan 7, 2015

    This project is long overdue. It even eliminates 2 of the stoplights on US 70, leaving just one between it and Miami Blvd.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jan 7, 2015

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    A-men to that, I'm tired of having to blast through those neighborhoods for years now.

  • malvrich Jan 7, 2015

    That stupid toll road they just built drops RTP commuters right into the most congested area of Miami Blvd/Ellis Rd/Angier Ave/US70. What's the point?
    This should actually accomplish something.

  • Durham-Raleigh Jan 7, 2015

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    Absolutely it's a loop. It allows traffic to/from North Durham to bypass dense urban neighborhoods via 147/EEC/US70/I-85, and in fact completes a limited access freeway look around the downtown using those roads plus 15/501.

    This road is a major priority for central Durhamites and it is great to see it under construction after so many years.

  • btneast Jan 7, 2015

    Finally the downtown loop Durham needs! I don't think that's what this is......The area described is definitely not downtown......

  • Arthur Raleigh Jan 7, 2015
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    Finally the downtown loop Durham needs!