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The project logo U-5720: U.S. 70 Durham

The project logo U-5720: U.S. 70 Durham

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The N.C. Department of Transportation is proposing to convert U.S. 70 to a Controlled Access Roadway from Lynn Road in Durham to west of  T.W. Alexander Drive in Raleigh.   

A controlled-access roadway is a type of roadway which has been designed for high-speed vehicular traffic, with all traffic flow ingress- and egress-regulated (no side street or driveway access directly onto the roadway)

Project U-5720 is listed in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) in four segments:

  • Segment A:   Lynn Road to Sherron Road/South Miami Boulevard

  • Segment B:   Conversion of the at-grade intersection to an interchange at U.S. 70 and Sherron Road/South Miami Boulevard

  • Segment C:   Sherron Road/South Miami Boulevard to Page Road Extension

  • Segment D:   Page Road Extension to west of T.W. Alexander Drive


Vicinity Map:


U.S. 70 between Lynn Road and west of T.W. Alexander Drive experiences traffic congestion, poor operating conditions, a higher than average number of vehicle crashes.  The purpose of this project is to improve traffic operations and reduce conflicting vehicular movements on U.S. 70 and associated intersections in the project corridor.  

Project Highlights

Project U-5720 will be constructed as a design-build project.  The design-build process allows NCDOT to hire a team of designers and contractors that is responsible for the design, right-of-way acquisition, and construction of the project. The team may begin construction on one portion of the project while they finish the design and right-of-way acquisition for others. This usually results in faster completion.

Other benefits of a design-build project may be innovative solutions that save time or money, or reduce impacts, and quicker resolution to problems that may arise during design and construction. The process may provide additional alternatives or modifications to the existing alternatives, which in turn may reduce costs or impacts.


Conceptual Corridors

The U.S. 70 project (U-5720) is in the early stages of development.  At the public meetings on October 30th and November 1st, concepts for the main roadway (U.S. 70) and options being considered and examined for intersections along the corridor were provided for public review and comment. 

The study area shown is a broad survey area and is not intended to reflect any level of potential impacts. Direct impacts from the proposed project will be contained within the study area, but not all properties within the study area will be impacted.

Three Widening Concepts (north, south and upgrade existing) were considered for the improvement of U.S. 70. In the northern and southern widening concepts, existing U.S. 70 would be retained as a two-lane service road providing access to adjacent land uses.

In addition, NCDOT is considering two design options for the proposed Sherron Road/South Miami Boulevard interchange - Option A - a Single Point Urban Interchange (SPUI) or Option B - a Tight Diamond Interchange.  Graphic depictions of these and the roadway concepts are shown below. 


Northern Widening Concept

Based on initial analysis, this concept would affect a smaller number of resources as compared with the other concepts.  This proposed alignnment also ties in better to the adjacent East End Connector project (Stip U-0071) which is curreently under construction.

Southern Widening Concept

This concept would complicate the use of existing U.S. 70 as a service road and would result in a greater number of impacts to property and adjacent resources.

Upgrade Existing Concept

The vertical alignment of the existing roadways (hills and valleys) limits the practicality of this concept as these would have to be evened out creating more direct impacts to adjacent resources on both sides of the roadway.  NCDOT will be recommending that this concept not be carried forward for detailed study.

After reviewing the Northern and Southern Concept maps, do you have a preference?
Northern Corridor Concept
Southern Corridor Concept
I have no preference
Closed to responses | 35 Responses

Sherron Road/South Miami Boulevard - Interchange Options


Option A:  Single Point Urban Interchange (SPUI)



Option B:  Tight Diamond Interchange

After reviewing the two Interchange Options, do you have a preference?
I Prefer Option A - the Single Point Urban Interchange
I prefer Option B - the Tight Diamond Interchange
I have No Preference
Closed to responses | 16 Responses

What is Next?

Following the close of the public comment period on November 16, 2018, NCDOT and the project team will review all commments from the public, local officials, other agencies and local planning organizations.  They will then move forward with recommendations for detailed study alternatives.  NCDOT will make a recommendation for a preferred alternative and designs will be prepared and presented in the fall of 2019 for public review and comment. 

Public Involvement


Public Meetings

Public Meetings were held on October 30 and November 1 to gather feedback on conceptual designs, additional meetings are planned during 2019.



  Tuesday, October 30, 2018

  Embassy Suites   
  8001 Arco Corporate Drive

  Begin Time

  4 p.m.

  End Time

  7 p.m.



  Thursday,November 1, 2018

  Grove Park Chapel                                  605 Sherron Road                                    Durham

  Begin Time

  4 p.m.

  End Time

  7 p.m.



Comment Period

October 30, 2018 - November 30, 2018

  Project Contact    (for anyone      who  has        comments

  Diane Wilson

  1598 Mail Service Center
  Raleigh, NC 27699-1598

  Contact Phone




Public Meeting Maps:

U-5720 - Northern Concept 

U-5720 - Southern Concept

Project Funding

 This project is listed as Project U-5720 in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s State Transportation Improvement Program  (STIP) and is funded for $465 million.



 Estimated Amount*

   Property Acquisition

  $   96.9 million

   Utilities    $     4.0 million

   Construction Costs

  $ 103.1 million

   Total Cost

  $ 206 million

* Estimated costs are subject to change. Based on NCDOT STIP.

Project Timeline



  Environmental Document completed   

   Spring 2019

  Second Public Meeting

   Fall 2019

  Design-Build Let  

   Spring 2022

  Construction Begins

    Spting 2022

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change


Elmo Vance


1595 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC  27699-1595

[email protected]   




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.  


Relocation Assistance Brochure                                                 Asistencia para Reubicación      
Right-of-Way Acquisition Process Brochure                             Folleto del Proceso de Adquisición de Bienes Raíces
Right-of-Way Frequently Asked Questions

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