Craven County ramps close for 2 days

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NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – Two highway ramps in Craven County will be closed this week as state transportation crews work to bring the highway up to interstate standards.

On Tuesday, between 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., the entrance ramp from Clarks Road to U.S. 70 East and the exit ramp from U.S. 70 East to U.S. 17 will be closed.

The ramps will close again during the same time on Wednesday. 

N.C. Department of Transportation crews will pave the ramps.

The construction is part of the project to bring the U.S. 70 up to interstate standards between Raleigh and Morehead City. Crews are widening shoulders and milling and repaving the highway, which will be renamed Interstate 42.

The project in Craven County is 32 miles long and costs $25.5 million.

Detours

During construction, Clarks Road traffic needing U.S. 70 East should get on U.S. 70 West and travel about 2.5 miles to the exit for Tuscarora Rhems Road. Drivers will turn left at the stop sign at the top of the ramp, go over the bridge, and make another left to get onto U.S. 70 East.

For drivers on U.S. 70 East needing to get on U.S. 17, stay on U.S. 70 East for about 1 mile to Exit 411 (N.C. 43). Drivers will turn left at the top of the ramp, go over the bridge, turn left onto U.S. 70 West and drive about 1 mile to Exit 410A (U.S. 17 South).

For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.

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NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – A highway exit ramp in Craven County will close for about 12 hours on Monday while N.C. Department of Transportation contract crews works to bring it up to interstate standards.

Between 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 18, the U.S. 70 East exit ramp onto Clarks Road will be closed.

During the closure, NCDOT will add 1.5 inches of asphalt to the existing surface.

Traffic needing access to Clarks Road will continue on U.S. 70 East for about 2 miles to exit 411 (N.C. 43).

At the end of the ramp, make a left, go over the bridge, and turn left to head west on U.S. 70 to return to Clarks Road. 

The construction is part of the project to bring the U.S. 70 up to interstate standards between Raleigh and Morehead City. Crews are widening shoulders and milling and repaving the highway, which will be renamed Interstate 42. 

The project in Craven County is 32 miles long and costs $25.5 million.

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