The N.C. Department of Transportation is proposing to construct the East End Connector in Durham. The proposed project would provide a direct connection between the Durham Freeway (NC 147) and US 70 (Miami Boulevard), as well as make improvements to US 70 from Pleasant Drive to north of Holloway Street (NC 98).
News and Updates
NCDOT received a number of requests from citizens regarding access to US 70 at Carr Road. Specifically, they requested that the proposed partial interchange be redesigned to a full movement interchange, allowing motorists to access US 70 at Carr Road and travel either east or west on US 70. The full interchange also would maintain a connection to US 70 from the Hayestown neighborhood, which currently accesses US 70 from East End Avenue. The NCDOT has agreed to make this change to the Carr Road interchange in the final roadway design.
The NCDOT and City of Durham project team met to review comments received from the public at the public hearing and subsequent comment period. The document below provides a summary of that meeting.
Hard copies of the Environmental Assessment are available for public review at the following locations:
- The City of Durham, 101 City Hall Plaza (4th floor), Durham
- NCDOT Highway Division 5 office, 2612 N. Duke Street, Durham
The final roadway design plans for the East End Connector have been completed and turned over to the NCDOT Right-of-Way Branch for use in acquiring the additional land needed to construct the roadway. Right-of-way agents have begun their work and all affected property owners have been contacted.
The right-of-way acquisition process is expected to take approximately two years to complete. Once all land has been acquired, the project will be advertised and the contractor with the lowest bid will be selected to construct the project. The construction contract is scheduled for letting in September 2014.
The entire project is expected to be completed in approximately three years. During construction, some short-term detours and lane closures will be necessary to accommodate the work and ensure public safety. We will ensure that the public is informed of the detour locations and times as construction progresses.
Project Overview and Purpose
In an effort to meet the current and future needs of the community and the region, the NCDOT, the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization, the City of Durham and Durham County have identified the East End Connector project as a priority.
Why is this action needed?
Because there is no direct connection between the two major east-west highways in the City of Durham (Durham Freeway and US 70), motorists and truckers use other streets to access the highway system. Over the next 25 years, traffic volumes are estimated to increase significantly and without these changes additional cut-through traffic may affect local streets and communities in the area. The East End Connector would provide a link among four major transportation routes(I-85, US 70, NC 147, and I-40) and facilitate better traffic flow.
This project will address the following transportation issues:
- Inefficient movement of people and goods from the north and east side of the community to major employment and retail centers located on the south side of the county.
- Limited accessibility to existing industrial property within the study area as well as land that is anticipated to be developed for industrial uses in the future.
- Forecast traffic and travel delays on local arterials due to "cut-through" traffic from the north and east accessing the Durham Freeway.
- Increased accident rates on local arterials within the study area.
For environmental and planning questions, contact:
Leza Mundt, AICP
Consultant Engineer, NCDOT
- Email: Contact Us
- Phone: (919) 707-6032
- Address: 1548 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1548
For roadway design questions, contact:
Andrew Young, P.E.
- Email: Contact Us
- Phone: 919.707.6335
- Address: 1582 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1582
Resources for Local Property Owners
In many cases, it is inevitable that a certain amount of private property must be acquired. The displacement of homes and businesses is minimized to the extent practicable. The following brochures will answer questions about this process.