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Improvements Continue Next Week to Upgrade U.S. 70 to Interstate Standards

COVE CITY – An entrance and an exit ramp will be closed for a couple days next week while the N.C. Department of Transportation continues to upgrade U.S. 70 to interstate standards.

The exit ramp from U.S. 70 West to N.C. 41 will be closed from 6:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Aug. 5. The entrance ramp from N.C. 41 to U.S. 70 West will be closed from 6:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Aug. 6. These dates are weather permitting.

During each closure, NCDOT will remove the top 2.5 inches of existing asphalt and replace it with 2.5 inches of new asphalt.

U.S. 70 Westbound traffic wanting to access N.C. 41 will go past the exit and continue west for 10 miles. Drivers will make a U-turn at the cross over on U.S. 70 West, Dover Road intersection. Drivers will head east on U.S. 70 until exiting at N.C. 41.

Motorists on N.C. 41 that wish to access U.S. 70 will use the U.S. 70 East entrance ramp, drive six miles east and exit at Tuscarora Road. At the stop sign, turn left and continue across the bridge until making another left onto U.S. 70 West. Traffic will continue for six miles west on the highway and exit at N.C. 41.

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.

For real-time travel information, visit or follow NCDOT on social media.​


8/2/2019 1:57 PM