NEW BERN – A Craven County highway ramp will be closed this weekend as the N.C. Department of Transportation continues work to upgrade the highway to interstate standards.
The U.S. 70 Westbound exit ramp to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard will be closed from 6:30 a.m. July 13 through 7 p.m. July 14. These dates are weather permitting.
During the closure, NCDOT will remove the top 2.5 inches of existing asphalt and replace it with 2.5 inches of new asphalt.
Motorists needing to access Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard from U.S. 70 West will continue past the closed ramp and exit at Glenburnie Road. Drivers will turn left at the stoplight, continue across the bridge to make another left back onto U.S. 70 East.
This construction is part of the 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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