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East End Connector

​​​​​​​​​​​Project Overview

The N.C. Department of Transportation built 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 Interstate 85 and I-40. The connector opened to traffic on June 30, 2022. While the connector itself is open, some work remains on the side streets along U.S. 70.

Work involved 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 is a part of the East End Connector – to a freeway.

The East End Connector will promote economic development in areas along the I-85 corridor toward Virginia by improving access for travel and the transportation of 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.

​Completion of the East End Connector alleviates traffic congestion on the Durham Freeway through downtown Durham and helps 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.


7/18/2022 1:28 PM