Project Overview and Purpose
The N.C. Department of Transportation is building the East End Connector in Durham County to provide a direct connection between the Durham Freeway (N.C. 147) and Miami Boulevard (U.S. 70) – two major east-west highways in the Triangle – and improved access to I-85 and I-40.
Work involves building a 1.25-mile freeway from N.C. 147 to U.S. 70 and converting approximately 2.75 miles of U.S. 70 – which will be part of the East End Connector – to a freeway.
Once complete, the East End Connector is expected to promote economic development in areas along the I-85 corridor toward Virginia by improving access for people and goods between Durham – and counties north of the city – and major employment and retail centers, including Research Triangle Park, Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Wake County.
It will also alleviate congestion on the Durham Freeway through downtown Durham and will help divert traffic off local roads, such as U.S. 15-501 – often used as a connection between I-85 and I-40 – and Roxboro, Mangum, Gregson and Duke streets.