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Flood closes U.S. 70 in Kinston; Detour route set

Raleigh - With floodwater from Hurricane Matthew continuing to rise, the N.C. Department of Transportation has closed U.S. 70 in both directions in Kinston. Detour routes are set for east and westbound traffic.

Eastbound drivers should exit at U.S. 70 Business (Vernon Avenue), and turn left on N.C. 11 North. At N.C. 102 in Ayden, they should turn right and go east to N.C. 43, continuing through Vanceboro, then merging with U.S. 17 South. Turn right to stay on N.C. 43and follow back to U.S. 70 East.

For westbound traffic, take U.S. 17 North toward Washington, then exit left on N.C. 43 toward Greenville. Continue on N.C. 43 through Vanceboro, then turn left on N.C. 102 to Ayden, and then left on N.C. 11 South toward Kinston. A right turn at the third traffic signal on to Vernon Avenue will lead back to U.S. 70 West.

For more information about hurricane assistance in your area, call 211. The latest road conditions can be found by calling 511, or checking the ReadyNC mobile app, which also has real-time shelter and evacuation information. For travel information, as well as updates on Hurricane Matthew impacts and relief efforts, go to or follow N.C. Emergency Management on Twitter and Facebook.


2/19/2018 7:47 AM