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Project Fast Facts
  • Status: Projects Under Construction
  • County: Durham
  • Type of Project: New Roadway
  • STIP Number: U-0071
  • Estimated Cost: $142 million
  • Property Acquisition Start: April 2012
  • Start Date: February 2015
  • Completion Date: May 2020
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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.

Project Highlights

Once complete, the East End Connector will be a 3.9-mile four-lane freeway with space for a future third lane in each direction.

In addition to building a new roadway, work involves building 16 bridges, rehabilitating four others and installing four culverts on U.S. 70, N.C. 147 and other locations in project area.

Work is also underway along U.S. 70 from Pleasant Drive to north of Holloway Street (N.C. 98) and includes improvements to Holloway Street (widening and interchange improvements), Muldee Street, Hoover Road, Carr Road, Lynn Road, Pleasant Road, East End Avenue, Rowena Avenue, Angier Avenue and Ellis Road.

Impacts to Traffic

Some short-term detours and lane closures are necessary during construction:

  • Temporary detour alignment on N.C. 147
  • Overnight lane closures during the week and weekends on U.S. 70 and N.C. 147 (dates and times will vary throughout construction)
  • Temporary road closures – a maximum of 30 minutes – between midnight and 5 a.m. on U.S. 70, N.C 147, N.C. 98, Rowena Road, Ellis Road, Miami Boulevard, Lynn Road, Pleasant Road and Angier Avenue
  • Holloway Street detour from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weekends.

Lane closures will be prohibited on southbound N.C. 147 between 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. when there are events at the Durham Performing Arts Center and Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

There will be no lane closures during peak travel times – 6-9 a.m. and 4-7 p.m. on weekdays.

Project History

Most recent updates are listed first.

April 22, 2015: Groundbreaking

The N.C. Department of Transportation, City of Durham and Durham County broke ground on the 3.9-mile East End Connector project on April 22, 2015, more than 55 years after the project was first introduced.

January 2015: Contract Awarded

NCDOT, in January 2015, awarded a $142 million contract to Dragados USA, Inc., of New York, to build the East End Connector.

Project Timeline

Milestone Date*
Date of availability February 1, 2015
N.C. 147 complete June 2018
Open to traffic November 2019
Project complete May 2020

*Future dates subject to change

Project Documents

Contact Information

Cameron Richards, P.E.
Resident Engineer
(919) 835-8200
Send a message
1576 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1576

Resources for Local Property Owners

Although the N.C. Department of Transportation works to minimize the number of homes and businesses displaced by a road project, it is inevitable, in many cases, that a certain amount of private property is needed. The following information explains right of way acquisition and answers questions about the process.