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Project Fast Facts
  • Status: Projects Under Construction
  • County: Durham
  • Type of Project: New Roadway
  • STIP Number: U-0071
  • Estimated Cost: $142 million
  • Property Acquisition Start: April 2012
  • Start Date: February 2015
  • Completion Date: January 2020
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The N.C. Department of Transportation is building the East End Connector in Durham, which will provide a direct connection between the Durham Freeway (N.C. 147) and Miami Boulevard (U.S. 70), as well as improve U.S. 70 from Pleasant Drive to north of Holloway Street (N.C. 98).

The entire project is expected to be completed in 2019. During construction, some short-term detours and lane closures will be necessary to accommodate the work and ensure public safety.

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 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 Durham (Durham Freeway and U.S. 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 will provide a link among four major transportation routes (I-85, U.S. 70, N.C. 147, and I-40) and facilitate better traffic flow.

Project Highlights

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.
  • The need to forecast traffic and travel delays because of "cut-through" traffic from the north and east accessing the Durham Freeway.
  • Increased accident rates on local arterials within the study area.

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Contact Information

For construction questions, contact:

Michelle Gaddy, P.E.
Resident Engineer

  • Email: Contact Us
  • Phone: 919.840.0914
  • Address: 1576 Mail Service Center
    Raleigh, NC 27699-1576

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.