Durham County

Westbound U.S. 70 ramp to N.C. 98 to close Monday for East End Connector construction

Once open in 2019, the Connector will allow drivers to go non-stop between I-85 and I-40, the Triangle Expressway and U.S. 1 in southern Wake County.
Once open in 2019, the Connector will allow drivers to go non-stop between I-85 and I-40, the Triangle Expressway and U.S. 1 in southern Wake County. NCDOT

East End Connector work to close U.S. 70 ramp

East End Connector project work will require a three- to four-week closure of the westbound U.S. 70 loop exit ramp to N.C. 98 in Durham, starting Monday, June 12.

Drivers who want to access N.C. 98 will be detoured onto Cheek Road and Hoover Road. They are urged to slow down and use caution when going through the detour route, and to anticipate needing some extra time when traveling through the area.

Motorists going from N.C. 98 to U.S. 70 West will not be affected by the work.

As part of the East End Connector project, U.S. 70 is being converted to a freeway between Pleasant Drive and N.C. 98. It will serve as the link between I-85 and the 3.9-mile interstate highway being built to connect the Durham Freeway and U.S. 70.

Once open in 2019, the Connector will allow drivers to go non-stop between I-85 and I-40, the Triangle Expressway and U.S. 1 in southern Wake County. It will also help ease congestion on the Durham Freeway through the downtown area, and should divert traffic off local roads such as U.S. 15/501, as well as Roxboro, Mangum, Gregson and Duke Streets.

The Connector will have a designation of Interstate 885.

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

Sheriff’s Office seeking man they say shot dog

The Durham County Sheriff's Office continues its search for Brandon Deshawn Neville, 25, of Durham in connection with a string of home break-ins in northern Durham County during the month of May.

Investigators believe Neville, 25, shot a dog during a home break-in on May 9 on Cheek Road. Neville should be considered armed and dangerous.

Investigators continue to follow up on leads and they want to encourage anyone with information about Neville's whereabouts to contact the Durham County Sheriff's Office at (919) 560-0900 or Durham CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest in felony cases only.

Residents can also submit anonymous crime tips at crimetip@durhamsheriff.org.

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