Raleigh - The installation of a sewer line that is part of the East End Connector project in Durham means a section of Muldee Street in will be closed for about a week, starting at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 11. The closure means immediate access to U.S. 70 West will be cut off, but a ramp onto U.S. 70 West near the interchange with N.C. 98 will remain open.
The closure is expected to end by the afternoon of Saturday, July 16. In the meantime, traffic will be detoured onto U.S. 70 and Cheek Road to get around the closure.
Drivers are reminded to slow down and use extra caution in the work zone, and to pay attention to detour and construction signs.
The East End Connector is a 3.9-mile interstate linking the Durham Freeway with U.S. 70, which will be upgraded to a freeway between Pleasant Drive and N.C. 98. That will create a direct connection between I-85 and I-40, the Triangle Expressway and U.S. 1 in southern Wake County. Once open in 2019, the Connector is expected to have the I-885 route designation.
The new highway 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, including Research Triangle Park, Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Wake County. Highway system improvements like this play a key role in Governor McCrory's 25-Year Transportation Vision to better connect North Carolinians to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation opportunities.
It will also help alleviate growing congestion on the Durham Freeway through downtown Durham, and local roads such as U.S. 15/501, Roxboro, Mangum, Gregson and Duke streets.