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Craven County Highway Ramp to Close for Improvements

NEW BERN – An entrance ramp to a Craven County highway will close early next week as the N.C. Department of Transportation continues work to upgrade the highway to an interstate.

On Monday, weather permitting, the westbound entrance ramp to U.S. 70 at Clarks Road in New Bern will be closed to traffic. If it should rain, crews will work March 26. During the closure, NCDOT will remove the top 2.5” of existing asphalt and replace it with 2.5” of new asphalt.

Traffic on Clarks Road will be sent eastbound onto U.S. 70 to the N.C. 43 exit. After taking the exit, traffic will drive on the bridge over U.S. 70 and turn left onto the entrance ramp for U.S. 70 West.

The work is part of a larger project to bring U.S. 70 up to interstate standards. Crews are widening shoulders, as well as milling and repaving the highway, which will be renamed Interstate 42. The project in its entirety is 32 miles long and costs $25.5 million.

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3/22/2019 11:40 AM