Raleigh - As part of the East End Connector Project in Durham, N.C. Department of Transportation contractors will close a section of Miami Boulevard beginning Wednesday, June 10, between N.C. 98 and U.S. 70.
The closure is expected to last six weeks. It is needed so crews can perform utility work along the existing roadway.
Motorists can follow a signed detour route using N.C. 98 and U.S. 70. Local traffic will be able to utilize Miami Boulevard on either side of the railroad crossing in that area.
The $142 million, 3.9-mile East End Connector project will provide a direct freeway connection designed to interstate standards between the Durham Freeway and north of the U.S. 70/N.C. 98 intersection. It will also upgrade U.S. 70 to a freeway between Pleasant Drive and N.C. 98.
A project first discussed nearly six decades ago, the Connector will provide a freeway link between I-85 and I-40, the Triangle Expressway and U.S. 1 in southern Wake County. It is expected to promote economic development in areas along the I-85 corridor toward Virginia by improving access for people and goods between Durham and counties north of the city to major employment and retail centers, Research Triangle Park, Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Wake County.
The project is also expected to help alleviate congestion on the Durham Freeway through downtown Durham, and divert traffic off local roads such as U.S. 15/501, which is often used as a connection between I-85 and I-40.
The Connector is expected to be open in 2019.
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