NEW BERN – An entrance and exit ramp connected to a Craven County highway are expected to close for improvements this weekend.
Between 6:30 a.m. on Sept. 14 and 7 p.m. on Sept. 15, the ramp from Glenburnie Road onto U.S. 70 East and the ramp from U.S. 70 East onto Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard will be closed. The outside right acceleration/deceleration lane between the two ramps will also be closed during this time.
During the closures, crews will remove a top layer of asphalt and replace it with fresh asphalt.
Motorists wanting to access U.S. 70 East from Glenburnie Road will take U.S. 70 West and proceed two miles to exit 411, N.C. 43. Drivers will make a left at the stop sign, cross the bridge and take an immediate right to loop onto U.S. 70 East.
Motorists wanting to access Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from U.S. 70 East will go 1.5 miles past that exit and take the exit for Pembroke Road. Drivers will make a left at the stop light, continue across the bridge to make another left turn to get onto U.S. 70 West and return to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Drivers should anticipate needing extra time for their commute this weekend and also slow down when near the work zone.
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. This segment of the project is 32 miles long and costs $25.5 million.