Raleigh - East End Connector work this weekend will be moving U.S. 70 traffic into a new pattern between Lynn Road and East End Avenue.
On Friday night at 8 p.m., the contractor will move U.S. 70 West traffic into one lane to allow for work in the right lane. All work on the westbound side is expected to wrap up Saturday night. Then the same work will be done on the eastbound side, which will move into a one-lane pattern while it is under way.
By 11 a.m. on Sunday, traffic will be back to two lanes each way, but on a new section of pavement.
The East End Connector is a 3.9-mile interstate that will link U.S. 70 to the Durham Freeway, with U.S. 70 being upgraded to a freeway between Pleasant Drive and N.C. 98/Holloway Street.
It will create a multi-lane connection between I-85, the Durham Freeway and I-40 on the east side of Durham. It is expected to help alleviate congestion on the Durham Freeway through downtown Durham, and divert traffic off local roads such as U.S. 15/501, as well as Roxboro, Mangum, Gregson and Duke streets.
Scheduled to be completed in 2019, the new highway is expected to add the Interstate 885 route designation.