Project Map
U.S. 70 Improvements at Brier Creek Parkway and T.W. Alexander Drive

Project Vicinity Map

Page Road to Brier Creek Parkway

T.W. Alexander Drive to East of West Gate Road

Project Fast Facts
  • Status: Projects Under Development
  • County: Wake, Durham
  • Type of Project: Corridor upgrade with new interchanges
  • STIP Number: U-5518
  • Estimated Cost: $58 million
  • Property Acquisition Start: 2019
  • Construction Start Date: 2021
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U.S. 70 Improvements at Brier Creek Parkway and T.W. Alexander Drive Visualization.

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Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Comprehensive Transportation Plan

Capital Area 2040 Metropolitan Transporation Plan

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Project History and Resources

U.S. 70 Improvements at Brier Creek Parkway and T.W. Alexander Drive

Project Overview and Purpose

Planning is underway to make improvements to U.S. 70 (Glenwood Avenue) from west of T.W. Alexander Drive to I-540, in Durham and Wake counties.

For funding purposes, work would be divided into three sections:

  • Section A involves U.S. 70 corridor upgrades from west of T.W. Alexander Drive to I-540.
  • Section B involves converting the intersection at U.S. 70 and T.W. Alexander Drive into an interchange.
  • Section C involves converting the intersection at U.S. 70 and Brier Creek Parkway to an interchange.

The proposed work would address existing traffic congestion, future traffic congestion, poor traffic flow and the high number of vehicle crashes. These conditions are anticipated to worsen if no action is taken.

The proposed project is being developed in conjunction with additional proposed improvements to U.S. 70 between T.W. Alexander Drive in Raleigh and Lynn Road in Durham.

Project Highlights

The N.C. Department of Transportation, in November 2016, identified different design options – referred to as alternatives – for each section of the project.

Each section will be studied as part of an Environmental Assessment – a National Environmental Policy Act document that evaluates a project's potential impacts to the natural and human environments.

Section A (U.S. 70 corridor upgrades between T.W. Alexander Drive and Brier Creek Parkway)

Two alternatives are being studied:

  • A freeway design, in which traffic would be able to access U.S. 70 only at interchanges
  • An expressway design, in which traffic would be able to access U.S. 70 at interchanges, intersections and driveways

Section B (U.S. 70/T.W. Alexander Drive interchange)

Two alternatives are being studied:

  • Alternative 1 would involve building an interchange at the existing intersection
  • Alternative 2 would involve building an interchange at the future Aviation Parkway Extension and an overpass at the existing intersection

Section C (U. S. 70/Brier Creek Parkway interchange)

Alternative 1 and Alternative 2 propose the same type of interchange designs at the existing intersection.

Public Involvement

The N.C. Department of Transportation is holding the following meeting to answer questions and receive comments from the public on the proposed project:

Documents and Maps for Public Review:


Thursday, April 6, 2017 4 to 7 p.m. Embassy Suites by Hilton 8001 Arco Corporate Drive Room: Flight Raleigh, N.C. 27617

Please note that maps of the study area and proposed alternatives will be on display but there will not be a formal presentation.

The opportunity to provide written comments will be provided at the meeting, and comments are encouraged.

In addition, comments may be submitted online or by mail at the address below until May 8, 2017.

Matthew Potter, PE AECOM 701 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 475 Raleigh, NC 27607

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled individuals who want to participate in these meetings. Anyone requiring such services should contact Diane Wilson, at (919) 707-6073, as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.

For individuals who speak only Spanish or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, interpretive services will be available at the meeting upon request. For more information, call 1-800-481-6494 prior to the meeting.

Project Funding

The current State Transportation Improvement Program includes funding for right of way acquisition and construction for all sections of the project.

Project Timeline

Milestone Dates*
Start of study February 2014
Preliminary designs complete November 2016
State Environmental Assessment Fall 2017
Final environmental decision document Summer 2018
Right-of-way acquisition begins Summer 2019
Construction begins Summer 2021

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Contact Information

Zahid Baloch, P.E.
NCDOT Division 5 Senior Project Engineer
(919) 707-6012
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Matthew Potter, P.E.
AECOM Project Manager
(919) 256-6300
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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.