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U.S. Route 70 in North Carolina

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U.S. Route 70
Route of US 70 in North Carolina highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length 488 mi[1] (785 km)
Existed 1926 – present
Tourist
routes
Appalachian Medley
Clayton Bypass Scenic Byway
Outer Banks Scenic Byway
Major junctions
West end US 25 / US 70 at the TN line near Paint Rock
 
East end School Drive in Atlantic
Location
Counties Madison, Buncombe, McDowell, Burke, Catawba, Iredell, Rowan, Davidson, Randolph, Guilford, Alamance, Orange, Durham, Wake, Johnston, Wayne, Lenoir, Jones, Craven, Carteret
Highway system
NC 69NC 71

U.S. Route 70 (US 70) is a part of the United States Numbered Highway System that runs from Globe, Arizona, to the Crystal Coast of the US state of North Carolina. In North Carolina, it is a major 488-mile-long (785 km) east–west highway that runs from the Tennessee border to the Atlantic Ocean. From the Tennessee state line near Paint Rock to Asheville it follows the historic Dixie Highway, in concurrency with U.S. Route 25 (US 25). The highway connects several major cities including Asheville, High Point, Greensboro, Durham, Raleigh, Goldsboro, and New Bern. From Beaufort on east, US 70 shares part of the Outer Banks Scenic Byway, a National Scenic Byway, before ending in the community of Atlantic, located along Core Sound.

US 70 is an original US Highway, signed on November 11, 1926, when the US Highway System was approved. Since then, the highway has been realigned in places. One of the larger extensions of US 70 came in 1931 when the highway was extended concurrently along NC 101 from Beaufort to Atlantic. While sections of US 70 have been converted to freeway standards, along most of the routing it is a four-lane highway. Several new projects beginning in the 2000s have placed US 70 on interstate grade freeways, such as the Clayton and Goldsboro Bypasses. On May 24, 2016, AASHTO assigned the Future I-42 designation to the majority of US 70's routing east of Garner.

Route description[edit]

US 70 travels through several diverse regions in North Carolina, including the Bald and Black Mountains of Western North Carolina, the rural Foothills, the urban Piedmont, the farmlands of the Inner Banks, and the coastal communities of the Crystal Coast. All of US 70 east of Durham, and smaller segments including Statesville to Salisbury and Lexington to Greensboro, are listed in the National Highway System, a network of roads important to the country's economy, defense, and mobility.[2][3] US 70 also overlaps two state scenic byways: the Appalachian Medley, from Hot Springs to Walnut, and the Clayton Bypass Scenic Byway, from I-40 to US 70 Bus.[4]

Western Mountains and Foothills[edit]

US 70, in concurrency with US 25, enters from Tennessee as a two-lane mountain highway meandering through the Bald Mountains. In Hot Springs it crosses the French Broad River and the Appalachian Trail, then goes northeasterly through Tanyard Gap to Hurricane. Proceeding south, it goes through the Walnut Mountains and then joins NC 213 near Walnut. Continuing on a more southeasterly routing, it becomes the US 25 Bus./US 70 Bus. split-off towards downtown Marshall at Mashburn Gap. At the Hayes Run Road interchange, NC 213 splits and continues towards Mars Hill. Before US 25 Bus./US 70 Bus. rejoins at Ivy River Road, the highway widens to four lanes; afterwards, it follows along Ivy Creek before crossing the Madison/Buncombe county line.[5]

In Weaverville, US 25/US 70 joins Future I-26/US 19/US 23 (exit 19), then continues south on the Morris L. McGough Freeway to Asheville.[6] US 25 separates at Merrimon Avenue (exit 23), continuing solo into downtown Asheville. At the Patton Avenue interchange, US 70 switches to an I-240/US 74A concurrency as it goes east along the Billy Graham Freeway.[6] At Charlotte Avenue (exit 5B), US 70/US 74A splits from I-240 before it goes through the Beaucatcher Cut. At College Street, which changes into Tunnel Road, US 70/US 74A passes through Beaucatcher Tunnel (built in 1927).[7] On the eastern side of Beaucatcher Mountain, US 70/US ;74A goes through a commercial corridor that leads to Asheville Mall, where US 74A splits and continues along South Tunnel Road and connects with I-240 at a unique three-level diamond interchange. In the East Asheville area is the historic Oteen Veterans Administration Hospital Historic District as well as the Blue Ridge Parkway. At Jones Mountain, US 70 leaves the Asheville city limits and begins its parallel north of I-40, as it goes through Swannanoa and Black Mountain. At Ridgecrest, US 70 merges with I-40 (exit 65). At Swannanoa Gap it crosses the Eastern Continental Divide (elevation 2,786 feet (849 m)) and enters McDowell County.[8]

At the top of the gap, in addition to a reduced speed limit there is a truck information station that requires all trucks to go through before continuing, the following 5-mile (8.0 km) descent is a 6% grade along Youngs Ridge to Old Fort, along which are several reduce-speed warning lights and three runaway truck ramps. It is likely that, on both on the ascent and the descent, most trucks and some cars will be going slower than posted speed limits, and that, despite the fact that this section is six lanes wide, slower vehicles may be traveling in the passing lanes, at Old Fort, US 70 splits from I-40 (at exit 72) and travels through the downtown area and by the Mountain Gateway Museum and Heritage Center. East of Old Fort, US 70 travels northeasterly towards Marion and forms the southern boundary of the Pisgah National Forest. At Pleasant Gardens, it connects with NC 80, which travelers can follow towards Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi River. Crossing the Catawba River and entering Marion, US 70 connects with US 221/NC 226 and then forms a short concurrency with US 221 Bus. along Main Street. East of Marion, US 70 connects with NC 126 in Nebo, where travelers can visit Lake James State Park.[9]

Entering Burke County near Bridgewater, US 70 passes through Glen Alpine and then enters Morganton, where it forms a brief concurrency with US 64 as it proceeds along Fleming Drive, while US 70 Bus. passes through the downtown area. Continuing east, it goes through the towns of Drexel, Valdese, Rutherford College, Connelly Springs and Hildebran before crossing into Catawba County at Long View. In Hickory, US 70 serves as the town's commercial corridor as US 321 Bus. begins its concurrency at the US 321 interchange. In Conover, US 321 Bus. turns at Northwest Boulevard towards Newton and then crosses NC 16. Continuing east through Claremont and Catawba, US 70 crosses the Catawba River for the second time and enters Iredell County.[10][11]

Piedmont Triad and the Triangle[edit]

After passing through Celeste Hinkle and by the Statesville Regional Airport, US 70 enters the city limits of Statesville and connects with US 64/NC 90 at the intersection of Newton Drive and Garner Bagnal Boulevard. Passing south of the downtown area, it begins to parallel the Norfolk Southern Railway south to Salisbury. Crossing US 21 at Shelton Avenue and I-77 (exit 43A), it leaves Statesville and proceeds southeasterly along the Jim Graham Highway, through an area of farmland and factories that are wedged between the four-lane highway and the railway.[6] After crossing into Rowan County, US 70 goes through Cleveland and shares a short concurrency with NC 801 near Barber before entering Salisbury. On Jake Alexander Boulevard, US 70 shares a concurrency with US 601 until the Rowan Mills area, where it switches onto Main Street with US 29 and later NC 150. Traveling northeasterly through downtown Salisbury, it then goes by the North Carolina Transportation Museum before passing through Spencer. At the Yadkin River, the four-lane highway reduces to two-lanes as it crosses over into Davidson County. Adjacent to the bridge over which US 29/US 70/NC 150 travels are the Wil-Cox Bridge, a concrete arch pedestrian bridge, and two North Carolina Railroad (NCRR) Warren truss bridges.[12][13]

US 29/US 70/NC 150, along WilCox Way towards Spencer

At 1.16 miles (1.87 km) from the Yadkin River, NC 150 splits towards Churchland while US 29/US 70 merges with I-85/US 52 (at exit 84). After a 4.31-mile (6.94 km) concurrency, I-85 splits off and continues towards Greensboro, and I-85 Bus. begins (at exit 87). Entering the Lexington city limits, additional route changes occur; US 52 departs (at exit 87) towards Winston-Salem, and US 64 merges from Mocksville. After skirting north of downtown Lexington, US 64 departs again towards Asheboro, and the highway continues northeasterly as a four-lane expressway. After passing through Thomasville, it then proceeds briefly through Randolph County and then into High Point and Guilford County. Staying south of the downtown area, it connects with I-74/US 311 with its second three-level diamond interchange. Near Groometown, the highway merges with I-85 for a brief 1-mile (1.6 km) concurrency (between exits 118 and 120A). To connect with I-73/US 421 (Greensboro Urban Loop), travelers must continue on I-85 or stay in the left travel lanes; this stretch of freeway features numerous sign gantries and surface markings to guide travelers. Continuing northeasterly along Preddy Boulevard into Greensboro, it connects with US 220 (at exit 35), where travelers can connect to reach I-40 west or the Greensboro Coliseum.[6] Merging onto I-40/US 220 (at exit 219), the following 2-mile (3.2 km) stretch of freeway is known locally as "Death Valley", a nickname given because of the high number of deaths due to car crashes in this area.[14] Separating from I-40/I-85 Bus. at the O'Henry Boulevard interchange (at exit 223), US 29/US 70/US 220 continue north, passing by the North Carolina A&T campus to the Wendover Avenue interchange. With US 29 continuing north along the expressway towards Reidsville and US 220 going west on Wendover Avenue, US 70 again proceeds solo, east towards Burlington. At the eastern edge of Greensboro's city limit, US 70 connects with I-795/I-840 (Greensboro Urban Loop). Near McLeansville, US 70 becomes Charlotte Hawkins Brown Memorial Highway, as the road goes from four lanes to two lanes and goes through Sedalia and Gibsonville; at Whitsett, it enters Alamance County.[6][15][16][17]

Passing south of Elon, US& 70 widens to four lanes again as it enters Burlington's city limits. Sharing a brief concurrency with NC 62 through the downtown area, it then proceeds southeasterly to Haw River. As it nears the town of Haw River, it then goes northeasterly again to bypass the town and crosses over the Haw River via Three Governors Bridge; heading easterly again, the highway drops back to two lanes after connecting with NC 49.[6] At Mebane, US 70 crosses into Orange County. Passing through the communities of Miles and Efland, and parallels the NCRR railroad just to the north, US 70 makes a unique median divide in Duke Forest to merge with the I-85 Connector (SR 1239); constructed in the mid-1950s when US 70 was rerouted here onto what is now I-40/I-85. Crossing the Eno River, US 70 passes along the northern edge of Hillsborough, while US 70 Bus. goes through its downtown area. Crossing the Eno River again, it borders along the Eno River State Park, while traveling through another area of the Duke Forest, at Eno, US 70 merges onto I-85 (exit 170), while US 70 Bus. continues along its former alignment to Bennett Place.[18][19]

Entering both Durham and Durham County, I-85/US 70 maintains an east–west routing north of the downtown area, along a stretch of highway dedicated to Dr. John H. Franklin.[20] At exit 174A US 15/US 501 begins a concurrency; at exit 176B US 501 continues north along Duke Street. At exit 178 US 70 leaves I-85/US 15, which continues towards Oxford and Petersburg. Traveling on a southeasterly direction along four-lane freeway, it rejoins US 70 Bus. at Miami Boulevard and becomes an expressway. At Bethesda, Miami Boulevard (SR 1959) continues south into the Research Triangle Park, while US 70 enters Wake County along New Raleigh Highway.[21]

After crossing Raleigh city limits, US 70, here called Glenwood Avenue, makes a connection with I-540 (exit 292), which goes to the front entrance of RDU Airport; the following Lumley Road/Westgate Road interchange (at exit 293) goes to the North Cargo and General Aviation area of RDU Airport. Adjacent to the airport is William B. Umstead State Park. With NC 50 joining US 70 at Creedmoor Road, US 70 crosses under I-440/US 1 after passing by Crabtree Valley Mall. Inside the Raleigh Beltline, US 70/NC 50 travel through a residential area until Wade Avenue, where they join US 401 along Capital Boulevard. In the downtown area, Capital Boulevard splits into Dawson and McDowell Streets; various sites are adjacent or nearby, including the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and North Carolina Museum of History (via Jones Street), the North Carolina State Capitol (via Morgan Street), the Raleigh Convention Center, the Red Hat Amphitheater, and the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts (via South Street). Leaving the downtown area after the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard/Western Boulevard interchange, Dawson–McDowell Streets merge and become Saunders Street, which promptly exits the Raleigh Beltline crossing under I-40/US 64. In Garner, US 401 departs along Fayetteville Street towards Fuquay-Varina, followed by NC 50 along Benson Road towards Benson. East of Garner, US 70 merges with I-40 (exit 306A), while US 70 Bus. head towards Clayton. At the Wake/Johnston county line, US 70 splits from I-40 for the last time (at exit 309) and onto the Clayton Bypass.[22]

Coastal Plain and Down East[edit]

Oxeye daisies and Coreopsis lanceolata along the Clayton Bypass

After 10.7 miles (17.2 km) along the Clayton Bypass, US 70 crosses US 70 Bus., from Clayton to Smithfiled, and changes from freeway to expressway. Continuing through Wilson's Mills and crossing the Neuse River, it enters Selma, where travelers have the choice to stay on mainline US 70, connecting with US 301/NC 39/NC 96, I-95, and US 70A, or take US 70 Bypass to avoid all that. Southeast of Selma, US 70 Bus. rejoins from Smithfield and near Princeton, US 70A rejoins from Pine Level. East of Princeton, it enters Wayne County. Northwest of Goldsboro, the US 70 Bypass spurs northeast towards I-795, while US 70 goes into Goldsboro. In Goldsboro, it also connects with I-795 and then joins a concurrency with US 13/US 117, passing north of the downtown area while US 70 Bus. goes through it via Grantham Street. After .61 miles (0.98 km), US 117 separates and continues north; at Berkeley Boulevard, US 13 separates towards Snow Hill and also connects to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. East of Goldsboro, US 70 Bus. reunites along Ash Street. Entering Lenoir County, near LaGrange, US 70 Bypass reconnects with US 70, where the highway continues east. US 70 connects with NC 148 at Falling Creek, which goes to the North Carolina Global TransPark. As it enters Kinston, it is joined by US 258, from Snow Hill, as they both bypass south of the downtown area, while US 70 Bus./US 258 Bus. go through the downtown area. Near Dupreeville, US 70 Bus./US 258 Bus. rejoin; they then separate, with US 258 continuing south to Richlands, while NC 58 shares a short concurrency before continuing towards Trenton.[23][24][25]

Bypassing south of Dover, in Jones County, US 70 travels through the Great Dover Swamp, most of which has been drained and converted to farmland. After 11.9 miles (19.2 km) it enters Craven County, south of Cove City. At Clarks Road (exit 409) is the Craven County Rest Area.[26] At exit 410A US 17 joins in concurrency as the freeway enters New Bern. The freeway, designated the Richard Spaight Memorial Highway, passes southeast of the downtown area and enters James City after crossing the Trent River via the Freedom Memorial Bridges.[6] Traveling southeast along the U.S. Marine Corp Highway, US 70 passes by the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport, and then enters the Croatan National Forest before reaching the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, in Havelock.[6][27] Going south, it crosses into Carteret County and then passes west of Newport as it leaves the Croatan National Forest and into Morehead City, after connecting with the eastern terminus of NC 24, which goes to Swansboro, US 70, along Arendell Street, is split in the middle by the NCRR railroad. Adjacent to the Carteret Community College is the Carteret County Visitor Center; the Atlantic Beach Bridge connects Bogue Banks and Fort Macon State Park.[26] Through the downtown area, it reaches the end of the peninsula and the Port of Morehead City. Crossing over the Newport River/Intracoastal Waterway, it travels along Radio Island and then crosses Beaufort Channel (Gallants Creek) via Grayden Paul Bridge into downtown Beaufort. Traveling along Cedar and Live Oak Streets, US 70 goes north out of Beaufort and then east, crossing over the North River and Ward Creek to Otway. Going southeast to Smyrna, it then turns northeasterly along the Core Sound, after crossing the Salter's Creek via Dan Taylor Memorial Bridge it connects with NC 12 continuing to Cedar Island and the Outer Banks.[6] Through the Sea Level community and into Atlantic, where US 70 ends at School Drive, at 2,500 feet (760 m), the road ends at Little Port Brook.[28][29][30]

History[edit]

Established as an original U.S. Route (1926), US 70 was assigned along the Great Central Highway, in concurrency with NC 10, between Asheville and Beaufort; northwest of Asheville, US 70 shared concurrency with US 25/NC 20 (Dixie Highway) to the Tennessee state line. The original routing of US 70 connects the same cities as it does today through North Carolina, with interstate highways in parallel or in concurrency with it.[31][32]

Early state routes[edit]

In 1916 the North Carolina State Highway Commission prepared a map for the Five Year Federal Aid Program, the general present-day routing of US 70 was a mix of both improved and unimproved highways. When the highways were signed, the majority of US 70's routing ran along NC 10 which was built from the Georgia state line south of Murphy to Beaufort. However, the routing north and west of Asheville comprised parts of NC 20 and NC 29. US 70 was established as an original U.S. route in 1926.

Original routing[edit]

US 70 was established as an original US highway running from US 66 near Holbrook, Arizona, to Beaufort, North Carolina. The highway entered the state at the Tennessee state line and followed along a topsoil road concurrently with NC 20. In Marshall, US 70 turned onto NC 20's former routing and followed it to the south. Upon reaching NC 29, US 70 turned to the south along the hard surface road and followed it to Asheville. North of Biltmore, US 70 turned left and followed along a hard surfaced road in concurrency with NC 10. Between Old Fort and Garden City the road switched to an oil-treated road and then briefly switched to a topsoil road between Garden City and Marion, as the road left Marion to the east, it again became a hard surface road. The highway continued east through Morganton and Hickory; in Conover, the highway turned due south until reaching Newton. In Newton, US 70/NC 10 turned to the left and followed a topsoil road to the southeast. The highway made several turns between the northeast and the southeast before reaching Statesville, the highway turned left in Statesville to follow along a hard-surfaced highway to Salisbury. Upon reaching Salisbury, US 70/NC 10 turned to the left and followed concurrently along US 170 to the northeast. In Greensboro, the route turned to the east through Burlington to Graham, the highway followed a brief concurrency with NC 62 between Graham and Mebane before again turning to the east. The route ran through Hillsborough and Durham before turning south through Brassfield and Nelson; in Cary, US 70/NC 10 met up with US 1/NC 50 and followed a brief concurrency between Cary and Raleigh. After passing through Raleigh, US 70 turned to the south to run through Garner before turning east to pass through Auburn and Clayton. Upon reaching Smithfield, the highway turned to the left and followed briefly along NC 22 to the northeast. Just before reaching Selma, US 70/NC 10 turned right to head to the southeast. The hard-surfaced highway passed through Goldsboro and La Grange before reaching Kinston. In Kinston, the highway turned to the northeast and ran briefly concurrent with NC 11 before running east toward Fort Barnwell. As the highway neared the Neuse River, it turned to the southeast to parallel the river to New Bern. Passing through New Bern, the highway continued to follow the Neuse until reaching Havelock where the river turns further to the east. Shortly after passing Havelock, the road turned toward the east, after intersecting NC 101 the road type changed to a topsoil road. The highway continued as a topsoil road until North Harlowe, where it became a graded road. Just before entering Beaufort the highway changed back to a hard surface road. US 70 and NC 10 both ended in Beaufort.

Early 20th century[edit]

In 1928 US 70/NC 10 was swapped with route NC 101 towards Beaufort. Around 1929 US 70 was placed on its modern routing between Marion and Nebo; its former routing becoming part of NC 105. North of Newton, US 70 was given a new primary routing in concurrency with NC 110. In Raleigh, US 70 was placed on a new primary routing along Western Boulevard, then north along Boylan Avenue to South Street, then Fayetteville Street to Lenoir Street, and finally East Street; the old alignment along Hillsborough Road and by the state capital remained part of US 1/NC 50.[33] In 1930 US 70/NC 10 was swapped with NC 100 between Gibsonville and Burlington. Also around that time US 70/NC 10 was rerouted in downtown Salisbury via Innis Street to Main Street, leaving behind Fulton and Liberty streets.[31]

In 1931 US 70 was extended northeast from Beaufort to Atlantic, ending at Cedar Island Road (SR 1387). Around 1932 US 70 was rerouted in downtown Asheville from Biltmore Avenue onto Tunnel Road; the old alignment remained part of US 25.[34] In 1934 both NC 10 and NC 20 were removed along US 70's route. By 1936, US 70 was placed on First Avenue through Hickory and was removed from Beaman Road near New Bern.[35] In 1939 US 70 was removed from Hollins Road in Marshall.[36]

Mid 20th century[edit]

In 1941 US 70 was swapped with NC 55 from Kinston to west of New Bern. Also around that same year, US 70 was given its modern routing between the Yadkin River and Lexington. By 1944, US 70 was removed from Old Highway 70 Loop (SR 1620) near Icard; in Havelock, US 70 was removed from Church Road, Miller Boulevard and Roosevelt Boulevard to its modern alignment. Around 1948, US 70 was swapped with US 70A in the Hickory–Conover area and with US 70A in Hillsborough.[37] By 1949, US 70 was placed on its modern routing between Swannanoa and Black Mountain and between Lexington and Thomasville, swapped with US 70A in High Point, removed from Bennett Memorial Drive in Durham, and switched from Wilson Street to Kornegay Street in Dover.[38]

In 1952 US 70 was placed on new bypasses in Lexington, Thomasville, and Durham; all former alignments became individual or extensions of existing US 70A. By 1953, US 70 was rerouted back onto Fulton Street and Liberty Street in Salisbury, US 70 was split on one-way streets in downtown Greensboro, and US 70 was rerouted onto Eden and Front Streets in New Bern.[39] In 1954 US 70 was rerouted onto Woodfin Street in Asheville; placed on its modern alignment between Black Mountain and Old Fort, leaving behind Mill Creek Road (SR 1407)/Old US 70 (SR 1400), placed on one-way streets in downtown Raleigh, and rerouted on a more direct route between Smithfield and Princeton along existing secondary roads, leaving behind US 70A through Selma. Around 1956 US 70 was placed on new bypass south of Morganton. By 1957, US 70 was split on one-way streets in downtown Marion, replaced US 70A in Salisbury, leaving the downtown area, and placed on its modern alignment in western Rowan County. It was placed on its modern alignment from Thomasville to Greensboro, then continued east on freeway to Efland, its old alignment becoming US 70A; it was placed on new bypass east of Durham, its former alignment along Avondale Drive, Greer Street, and Miami Boulevard becoming parts of NC 55, NC 98, and US 70A respectively. It was placed on bypass north Goldsboro, leaving behind US 70A through the downtown area, and placed on bypass south of Kinston, also leaving behind US 70A through its downtown area.[40] Around 1958 US 70 was removed from Ann Street to its current routing along Cedar Street in Beaufort. In 1960 US 25/US 70 was placed on new bypass north of Marshall, leaving behind US 25 Bus./US 70 Bus.[41]

In 1961 US 70 was removed from Woodfin Street and onto the East–West Freeway in Asheville; in Salisbury, US 70 was rerouted following Innis Street south to I-85, then continued north in concurrency into Davidson County.[42] In 1963 US 70 was rerouted back along its former alignment between Greensboro and Efland, replacing part of US 70A; the former freeway alignment remains part of I-85.[43] Around 1964 US 70 was placed on new causeway over the Newport River/Intracoastal Waterway; bridges on the old alignment were removed, leaving Old Causeway Road (SR 1205) on Radio Island. Around 1965 US 70 was removed from I-85 in Rowan County, rerouted through downtown Salisbury on one-way streets, then north along Main Street in concurrency with US 29. In 1967 US 70 was rerouted onto O. Henry Boulevard to Wendover Avenue in Greensboro; its old alignment along Market Street was downgraded to secondary roads. In the same year, US 70 was adjusted at the Salisbury and Wilmington Street split.[44] By 1968, US 70 was placed on a new bypass west of Newport, leaving behind Chatham Street (SR 1247).[45] In 1969 US 70 was placed on a new bypass south of La Grange, leaving behind Washington Street (SR 1603).[46] In 1970 US 70 eastbound was removed from Main Street and onto Logan Street in Marion.[47] In the same year, US 70 was placed on a new bypass north of Princeton, leaving behind Dr. Donnie H. Jones Jr. Boulevard (SR 2556).[48]

Aerial photograph of US 70 bypassing the city of New Bern, crossing the Neuse and Trent Rivers

Late 20th century[edit]

In 1972 US 19/US 23/US 70 was removed from Merrimon Avenue, between Asheville and Woodfin, and placed on a new freeway; US 25 remains along the old alignment.[49] In Raleigh, US 70/NC 50 were removed from Glenwood Avenue and placed on the Raleigh Beltline to North Boulevard/Downtown Boulevard.[50] In Atlantic, US 70 was truncated to its current eastern terminus at School Drive; the former alignment was abandoned, with a bridge removed from the Atlantic Harbor of Refuge Channel.[51][52] From 1978 to 1979, in phases, US 70 was placed on a new bypass south of Dover and New Bern; the former alignment became Old US Highway 70 (SR 1005).[53][54][55][56][57]

In 1981 US 70 was rerouted from Crosstown Expressway onto Charlotte, Poplar, and Pine Streets (the latter two removed for College Street) to Beaucatcher Tunnel; this replaced part of NC 694, while Crosstown Expressway was rerouted through Beaucatcher Cut.[58] In Salisbury, US 70 was rerouted south along Jake Alexander Boulevard, in concurrency with US 601, to Main Street, where it joined US 29 through the city; the old alignment along Innis, Liberty, Fulton, and Lee Streets was downgraded to secondary roads.[59][60] In Burlington, US 70/NC 62 was realigned along one-way streets along Church and Fisher Streets, eliminating the use of Davis and Hoke Streets.[61] In 1982 US 25/US 70 was placed on a new alignment north of Marshall to Weaverville; the old alignment became an extension of existing business loops in Marshall and Weaverville, and some sections were downgraded to secondary roads around Woodfin. In the same year, upgrades between Black Mountain and Old Fort were completed, allowing the addition of I-40 alongside US 70.[62] In 1987 US 25/US 70 was placed on a new bypass west of Walnut, leaving behind Walnut Drive (SR 1349).[63] In 1989 US 70 was removed from downtown Raleigh and was completely rerouted onto the Raleigh Beltway going east, then south, continuing at I-40 southeasterly to exit 306; the former alignment through Raleigh and Garner became US 70 Bus., though unsigned inside the Raleigh Beltline.[64][65] In 1990 US 70 was rerouted onto Industrial Boulevard and Monroe Street, from Newton Drive to east of I-77, in Statesville; the former alignment along Front Street and Salisbury Road was downgraded to secondary roads.[66][67][68]

In 1991 one-way streets along Logan, New, and Garden Streets were discontinued and reallocated to the city of Marion to maintain; US 70 reverted to two-way traffic along Main and Court Streets.[69][70] In the same year, US 70 was removed from the Raleigh Beltline and rerouted along Gleenwood Avenue, Wade Avenue, Capital Boulevard, Dawson–McDowell Streets, and Saunders Street. South of the Raleigh Beltline, it continued along Saunders, then Wilmington Street, and through Garner to I-40; the reroute in Wake County replaced all of US 70 Bus.[71][72] In 1993 US 70 was rerouted onto a new bypass north of Haw River, leaving Main Street (SR 1801) and a short concurrency with NC 49.[73] In Orange and Durham counties, US 70's concurrency with I-85 was extended 2.5 miles (4.0 km) as part of a major reconfiguration of exits 172 and 173. The original configuration had Hillsborough Road weave in and out of I-85 between the two exits; the realignment of US 70 allowed NCDOT to remove the weave and re-purpose exit 172 as an interchange for NC 147 (completed in 2001). The former alignment became an extension of US 70 Bus., which for the remainder of the decade had a hidden concurrency with I-85/US 70, with the weave persisting during construction.[74][75] In 1997 NCDOT established the oddity known as the four US 70s of Selma–Smithfield: US 70, US 70A, US 70 Bus. and US 70 Bypass. Before 1997, US 70 was routed through Smithfield while US 70A followed the pre-1954 route through Selma. The new configuration established US 70 following its former route east to Selma, with a short bypass route of I-95 (no interchange), then reconnecting to an existing section of US 70 east of I-95; US 70A was truncated near the I-95 interchange in Selma, while the former alignment through Smithfield became a business route.[76][77][78][79]

21st century[edit]

On June 9, 2008, the Clayton Bypass opened, redirecting US 70 onto I-40 between exits 306 to 309 and then on a new 10.7-mile (17.2 km) four-lane freeway bypass south of Clayton.[80][81] Planning for the bypass began in 1991, but construction did not start until 2005 because of several delays regarding the Dwarf wedgemussel, an endangered species, habitat in the area. Originally scheduled for completion in June 2009, a severe drought in 2007–2008 allowed construction to proceed more rapidly than anticipated.[82][83] NCDOT was given the approval by AASHTO to officially designate US 70 along the bypass on May 6, 2008, with the former alignment becoming an extension of US 70 Bus.[84] Compared to the former alignment through Clayton, the bypass is estimated to cut fifteen minutes of travel time for drivers traveling between Raleigh and eastern North Carolina;[85][86] in 2010 US 70 was placed on a new 3.81-mile (6.13 km) four-lane expressway east of Statesville; the former alignment was downgraded to a secondary road.[87]

In 2013 US 70 was placed on a new freeway, with an interchange with NC 148 at Falling Creek. Justification for the improvement was given as a need for better service to the Global TransPark; the old alignment was reduced from four to two lanes, becoming Sanderson Way (SR 2032).[88]

In December 2011 the first section of the Goldsboro Bypass was opened from I-795 to Wayne Memorial Drive, the section was temporarily numbered as NC 44, while the western and eastern sections were under construction. The western section of the bypass from US 70 west of Goldsboro to I-795 opened on October 17, 2015. The final section from Wayne Memorial Drive to US 70 was completed in May 2016.[89] The route is currently listed as US 70 Bypass.[90]

Future[edit]

East End Connector[edit]

Located in Durham along Miami Boulevard, the East End Connector connects US 70 with NC 147 (the Durham Freeway). NCDOT has proposed I-885 for the Segments of US 70, the East End Connector, and NC 147 between I-85 and I-40, the justification for its construction is to address the fact that two major east–west highways in Durham had no direct connection, causing motorists and truckers to use other streets to access either highway. Environmental studies were concluded in 2011 and property acquisition began in April 2012, at a cost of $142 million, construction began in February 2015 and is scheduled to be completed in January 2020.[91] The project will also add or change interchanges at Miami Boulevard/Carr Road and NC 98 (Holloway Street).[92][93]

Raleigh to Morehead City[edit]

A multi-county project, also known as the "US 70 Corridor" or "Super 70", is a collection of several projects along US 70 to improve passenger and freight movement eventually leading to the establishment of Interstate 42,[94] which is the US Department of Transportation's High Priority Corridor #82. [95] The entire project has a budgeted cost of $1.1 billion, and about 40 miles still without a budget. Some projects like the Clayton and Goldsboro bypasses are completed, while others still have yet to be scheduled, the project involves the counties of Wake, Johnston, Wayne, Lenoir, Jones, Craven, and Carteret.[96][97]

Wilson's Mills improvements[edit]

A 5-mile (8.0 km) section of US 70 at Wilson's Mills, connecting to the Clayton Bypass in the west will be upgraded to a freeway for an estimated $31 million. Construction is planned to begin in 2020 and finish around 2022.[98]

Smithfield/Selma improvements[edit]

Improvements are in the planning stages for the 13.8-mile (22.2 km) segment of US 70 between Wilson's Mills and Princeton. Some of this section is already freeway, but will require improvements to bring it up to interstate standards and add an interchange with I-95. Adding the interchange will require shifting I-95 2,000 feet (610 m) east to incorporate the new changes. This proposed project is not currently budgeted nor does it have a timeline for completion.[99]

Princeton bypass[edit]

The existing Princeton bypass will be improved to interstate standards, the 6.7-mile (10.8 km) project is estimated to cost $130 million, with construction scheduled to begin in 2023 and be complete around 2026.[100][101]

Kinston bypass[edit]

The Kinston Bypass is a project that has been in the planning stages since the 1990s, the project was put on hold until 2007 when NCDOT revitalized the project. While several northern bypasses were planned, in January 2014 the northern bypasses were removed in favor of a southern alternative, the project was de-funded in 2014 with the release of the 2015–2024 State Transportation Improvement Plan, and studies were suspended.[102] With the Super 70/ Interstate 42 project, studies for the southern alternate began again in 2016 and construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in 2025, the Kinston bypass will link to the Goldsboro Bypass and existing freeway around LaGrange in the west and the existing freeway section in Craven County to the east, resulting in a continuous freeway from the west side of Goldsboro through New Bern.[103] The highway will be between 21 and 25 miles long, and is expected to cost $379 Million. [104]

James City freeway[edit]

In James City, a 5.1-mile (8.2 km) segment of the US 70 improvement project will upgrade the existing highway to freeway standards by elevating it over or sinking it under existing surface streets and will connect to the existing US 70 freeway in New Bern. This project is estimated to cost $66 million. construction is scheduled to begin in early 2020 and be complete in early 2024. [105]

Havelock bypass[edit]

The Havelock Bypass is a planned 10-mile (16 km) four-lane freeway intended to improve existing sections of US 70 and a bypass west of Havelock, through the Croatan National Forest. Draft and environmental studies began in September 2011 and were completed in January 2016. Property acquisition started in 2016, with construction to begin in February 2019. Estimated to cost $173 million, it is scheduled to be completed in 2022.[106]

Gallants channel bridge[edit]

The Gallants Channel Bridge is a project to replace the Dan Taylor Memorial Bridge by rerouting US 70 over Gallants Channel with a 65-foot (20 m) fixed span bridge, widened to four-lanes with a median at a new location, and building a new bridge on Turner Street, for an estimated $66.4 million. Construction began on March 25, 2015, by Conti Enterprises, Inc., of Edison, NJ. All work but landscaping is scheduled to be completed by July 15, 2018, with final completion expected in January 2019. Once complete, the existing bascule bridge will be removed and US 70 will be routed out of downtown Beaufort.[107]

Other corridor projects[edit]

Other projects, including improvements between James City and Morehead City, Slocum Gate and the Newport River Bridge are in various stages of planning and construction.[96]

Future Interstate 42[edit]

Future Interstate 42
Location Garner – Morehead City, NC
Length 142 mi (229 km)

The Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), signed by President Obama on December 14, 2015, added the US 70 corridor between Garner and Morehead City to the Interstate system as a future Interstate. Justification for the designation included better connections with Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, the North Carolina Global Transpark, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, and the Port of Morehead City with the rest of state and the eastern seaboard.[108][109][110] With no specified number codified in the act, the Regional Transportation Alliance (RTA) expected this corridor to be called I-46 or another suitable designation, and the US Highway 70 Corridor Commission recommended I-50,[111][112] on March 30, 2016, Governor Pat McCrory and various officials unveiled "Future Interstate" signage along the corridor.[113]

In the upcoming AASHTO Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering, NCDOT proposed I-36 for this route,[114] on May 24, 2016, AASHTO assigned Interstate 42 for the route.[115][116]

Major intersections[edit]

CountyLocationmi[1]kmExitDestinationsNotes
MadisonPaint Rock0.00.0 US 25 north / US 70 west (SR 9 west) – NewportContinuation into Tennessee
Hot Springs5.89.3 NC 209 south (Lance Avenue) – Lake Junaluska
Hurricane11.017.7 NC 208 north – Greeneville
Walnut16.526.6 NC 213 west – WalnutWest end of NC 213 overlap
Marshall20.032.2
US 25 Bus. south / US 70 Bus. south (Main Street) – Marshall
22.335.9 NC 213 east (Hayes Run Road) – Mars HillEast end of NC 213 overlap
23.537.8 NC 251 south (Tillery Branch Road)
25.340.7
US 25 Bus. north / US 70 Bus. north (Ivy River Road) – Marshall
BuncombeWeaverville32.051.519
Future I-26 west / US 19 north / US 23 north – Mars Hill, Johnson City
West end of Future I-26 and north end of US 19/US 23 overlap
34.355.221New Stock Road – Weaverville
Woodfin36.358.423
US 25 south / US 19 Bus. north (Merrimon Avenue) – Woodfin, North Asheville
South end of US 25 overlap
37.259.924Elk Mountain Road  Woodfin
Asheville38.562.025 NC 251 – University of North Carolina at Asheville
40.064.4Hill StreetNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
40.264.7
Future I-26 / I-240 east / US 19 / US 23 south / US 74A west / Patton Avenue – Downtown, West Asheville
East end of Future I-26/I-240/US 74A and south end of US 19/US 23 overlap
40.765.54CMontford Avenue / Haywood Street
41.266.35A US 25 (Merrimon Avenue)
41.566.85B I-240 east – OteenEast end of I-240 overlap
41.867.3 NC 694 north (Town Mountain Road)To Blue Ridge Parkway
42.668.6 I-240 / Chunns Cove Road
43.469.8 US 74A east (South Tunnel Road)East end of US 74A overlap
43.670.2 I-240Three-level diamond interchange
45.573.2 NC 81 west (Swannanoa River Road)
46.174.2Blue Ridge Parkway
Black Mountain55.889.8 NC 9 (Montreat Road / Broadway Avenue) – Montreat, Bat Cave
56.590.965 I-40 west – AshevilleWest end of I-40 overlap, eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Ridgecrest57.993.266Dunsmore Avenue – Ridgecrest
McDowellOld Fort63.5102.272 I-40 east – Marion, StatesvilleEast end of I-40 overlap, eastbound entrance and westbound exit
73.0117.5 NC 80 north (Lake Tahoma Road)To Mount Mitchell State Park
Marion74.8120.4 US 221 / NC 226 – Spruce Pine, Newland
75.0120.7
US 221 Bus. north (Main Street) – Spruce Pine, Newland
North end of US 221 Business overlap
77.2124.2
US 221 Bus. south (Main Street) – Rutherfordton
South end of US 221 Business overlap
Nebo82.2132.3 NC 126 eastTo Lake James State Park
BurkeMorganton96.2154.8
US 64 east / US 70 Bus. east (Union Street)
East end of US 64 overlap
97.3156.6
US 64 west / US 64 Bus. east (Burkemont Avenue) – Rutherfordton
West end of US 64 overlap
98.4158.4 NC 18 (Sterling Street) – Shelby
100.5161.7
US 70 Bus. west (Union Street)
Drexel104.0167.4 NC 114 (Drexel Road)
CatawbaHickory118.5190.7
US 321 / US 321 Bus. – Lenoir, Boone, Lincolnton, Gastonia
North end of US 321 Business overlap
119.5192.3 NC 127
121.5195.5Lenoir Rhyne Boulevard
Conover126.5203.6
US 321 Bus. south to NC 16 Bus. – Newton
South end of US 321 Business overlap
127.8205.7 NC 16 – Denver
Catawba134.5216.5 NC 10 – Newton
IredellStatesville145.8234.6 US 64 / NC 90 – Taylorsville
148.0238.2 US 21 / NC 115 (Shelton Avenue) – Troutman
149.2240.1 I-77 – Charlotte, Elkin
Rowan162.4261.4 NC 801 south – MooresvilleSouth end of NC 801 overlap
164.0263.9 NC 801 north – CooleemeeNorth end of NC 801 overlap
Salisbury170.0273.6 US 601 north (Jake Alexander Boulevard) – MocksvilleNorth end of US 601 overlap
172.5277.6 NC 150 (Mooresville Road) – Mooresville
173.5279.2 US 29 south (Main Street) / US 601 south (Jake Alexander Boulevard) – China GroveSouth end of US 29/US 601 overlap
174.3280.5 NC 150 west (Mooresville Road)South end of US 29/US 601 overlap
175.5282.4Innes Street
Davidson182.2293.282 I-85 / US 52 south – CharlottePermanently closed as of April, 2010[117][118][119][120]
183.0294.584 I-85 / US 52 south / NC 150 east – CharlotteSouth end of I-85/US 52 and east end of NC 150 overlap
184.0296.185Clark RoadPermanently closed as of November, 2012[121]
185.4298.486Belmont Road
Lexington187.5301.887 I-85 north – High Point, GreensboroNorth end of I-85 and south end of I-85 Bus overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance
188.0302.684 NC 47 east to I-85 north – LinwoodTo Davidson County Airport
188.8303.885Green Needles Road
190.0305.886Salisbury Road – Downtown Lexington
191.0307.487 US 52 north – Winston-SalemNorth end of US 52 overlap; Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
192.0309.0Old US 64
192.7310.1 US 64 west – MocksvilleWest end of US 64 overlap
193.5311.4 NC 8 (Winston Road) – Lexington, Winston-Salem
194.0312.2 US 64 east – AsheboroEast end of US 64 overlap
Thomasville201.5324.3Lexington Avenue – ThomasvilleEastbound exit and westbound entrance
204.0328.3 NC 109 (Salem Street) – Thomasville, Winston-Salem
205.5330.7 NC 68 (National Highway) – Thomasville, West High PointTo PTI Airport
RandolphHigh Point207.0333.1Old Thomasville Road – High Point
Guilford207.5333.9Prospect Street
208.5335.5West Green Drive
209.3336.8Surrett Drive
210.0338.0Main Street – High Point
211.0339.6 I-74 / US 311 / Brentwood Street – Winston-Salem, AsheboroBrentwood Street has a separate exit northbound; three-level diamond interchange
212.0341.2Baker Road
213.5343.6Kivett Drive – East High Point
Greensboro216.0347.6Vickery Chapel Road / Guildford College Road – Jamestown
217.0349.2118 I-85 south – Salisbury, CharlotteSouth end of I-85 overlap
218.2351.2119Groometown Road to Grandover ParkwaySouthbound exit incorporated with exit 33
219.0352.4120A
33
I-85 north / US 421 south to I-40 east – Durham, Sanford
I-73 north / US 421 north to I-40 west / Groometown Road – Winston-Salem
North end of I-85 overlap; southbound exit and northbound entrance
220.0354.134Holden Road
221.0355.735A US 220 south – Asheboro
221.2356.035B US 220 north to I-40 west Coliseum AreaNo westbound exit
221.8357.035CRehobeth Church Road / Vandalia Road
223.0358.9219 I-40 west – Winston-SalemWest end of I-40 overlap; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
223.3359.4220Randleman Road
223.9360.3221South Elm-Eugene Street – Downtown Greensboro
225.0362.1222Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
225.1362.3223 I-40 east / I-85 Bus. north – Burlington, Durham, RaleighEast end of I-40 and north end of I-85 Business overlap; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
225.8363.4Florida StreetEastbound exit and entrance only
226.5364.5Lee StreetTwo exits signed east and west
227.2365.6Market StreetTo North Carolina A&T State University
227.6366.3Sullivan StreetEastbound exit and entrance only
227.8366.6Bessemer Street
228.0366.9 US 29 north / US 220 north (Wendover Avenue) – ReidsvilleNorth end of US 29/US 220 overlap, two exits signed east and west
229.5369.3Huffine Mill Road
232.0373.4 I-785 (hidden I-840) to I-40 / I-85
Whitsett240.0386.2 NC 100 east – GibsonvilleWestern terminus of NC 100
240.2386.6 NC 61 – Gibsonville
AlamanceBurlington246.0395.9 NC 54 east (Chapel Hill Road) / NC 62 south (Alamance Road) – AlamanceSouth end of NC 62 overlap
247.8398.8 NC 87 / NC 100 (Webb Avenue)
248.2399.4 NC 62 north (Rauhunt Street) – YanceyvilleNorth end of NC 62 overlap
Haw River252.8406.8 NC 49 – Graham
Mebane257.5414.4 NC 119 (Second Street/Fifth Street)Brief .2 miles (0.32 km) concurrency
Orange265.0426.5 To I-40 / I-85 (I-85 Connector) – GreensboroSouth end of NC 86 Truck overlap; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Hillsborough266.8429.4
US 70 Bus. east (Revere Road)
267.2430.0 NC 86 (Churton Street) to NC 57 – Yanceyville, RoxboroNorth end of NC 86 Truck overlap
271.0436.1
US 70 Bus. west – Hillsborough
Eno274.0441.0170
I-85 south / US 70 Bus. east – Greensboro, Durham
South end of I-85 overlap; eastbound exit and westbound entrance; to Bennett Place
DurhamDurham276.1444.3172 NC 147 south – Downtown Durham, Research Triangle ParkNorthbound exit and southbound entrance; to North Carolina Central University
277.0445.8173Cole Mill Road
277.5446.6174A
US 15 south / US 501 south to US 70 Bus. to NC 751 / Hillsborough Road – Chapel Hill
South end of US 15/US 501 overlap; southbound exit and northbound entrance
278.1447.6174BHillandale Road
278.8448.7175 NC 157 (Guess Road)To NC School of Science & Math and Duke Homestead
280.0450.6176 US 501 north (Duke Street) / Gregson Street – RoxboroNorth end of US 501 overlap; signed northbound as exits 176A (Gregson St) and 176B (Roxboro)
281.0452.2177
US 15 Bus. south / US 501 Bus. (Roxboro Street) / NC 55 east (Avondale Drive)
To North Carolina Central University
282.0453.8178 I-85 north / US 15 north – Sanford, PetersburgNorth end of I-85/US 15 overlap; westbound signed exit 285
283.0455.4286Cheek Road
284.0457.1 NC 98 (Holloway Street) – Durham, Wake Forest
284.8458.3
US 70 Bus. west (Miami Boulevard) – Durham
Westbound exit and Eastbound entrance
To NC 147 – RDU AirportFuture interchange (under construction)[92]
WakeRaleigh292.0469.9292 I-540 to I-40 to US 1 – Wake Forest, RDU Airport
292.5470.7293Lumley Road / Westgate Road
299.0481.2 NC 50 north – CreedmoorNorth end of NC 50 overlap
300.0482.8 I-440 / US 1 to US 64 – Sanford, Rocky Mount, Wake Forest, Wilson
303.0487.6 US 401 north (Capital Boulevard) – Wake Forest, LouisburgNorth end of US 401 overlap; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
303.6488.6Peace Street
305.0490.8Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard / Western Boulevard
306.0492.5 I-40 / US 64 – Cary, Chapel Hill, Benson
307.0494.1Wilmington Street – Downtown Raleigh
Garner308.0495.7 US 401 south – Fuquay-Varina, FayettevilleSouth end of US 401 overlap; to Wake Tech College
310.0498.9Vandora Springs Road
311.0500.5 NC 50 south (Benson Road) – Garner, BensonSouth end of NC 50 overlap
313.0503.7306
I-40 west / US 70 Bus. east – Raleigh, Clayton
West end of I-40 overlap
317.6511.1309 I-40 east – BensonEast end of I-40 overlap; westbound signed exit 318
Johnston320.0515.0320 NC 42 – Clayton
323.0519.8323Ranch Road
326.0524.6326
US 70 Bus. – Smithfield
333.0535.9333Buffalo Road
334.0537.5334
US 70 Byp. east – Goldsboro
Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Selma335.0539.1 US 301 / NC 39 / NC 96 north – Smithfield, SelmaNorth end of NC 39 hidden overlap
335.6540.1 I-95 – Benson, Wilson
335.9540.6 US 70A east / NC 39 end – Pine LevelSouth end of NC 39 hidden overlap
336.2541.1336
US 70 Byp. west – Raleigh
Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
338.0544.0
US 70 Bus. west – Smithfield
344.0553.6 US 70A west – Pine Level
WayneGoldsboro352.2566.8
US 70 Byp. east
353.0568.1 NC 581
356.5573.7 I-795 to US 117 south – Wilson, Wilmington
357.0574.5
US 13 south / US 117 south / US 70 Bus. east – Mount Olive, Goldsboro
South end of US 13/US 117 overlap
357.5575.3 US 117 north – WilsonNorth end of US 117 overlap; eastbound exit and westbound entrance; to Gov. Charles B. Aycock Birthplace
358.0576.1
US 117 Bus. / NC 111 north (William Street) to US 117
North end of NC 111 overlap
359.0577.8Wayne Memorial Drive
360.7580.5Cuyler Best Road / Spence Avenue
361.5581.8 US 13 north (Berkeley Boulevard) – Snow HillNorth end of US 13 overlap; to Seymour Johnson AFB
363.0584.2
US 70 Bus. west (Ash Street)
364.0585.8 NC 111 south – BeulavilleSouth end of NC 111 overlap; to Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
LenoirLa Grange
US 70 Byp. west
372.0598.7 NC 903 – La Grange
Kinston381.7614.3 US 258 north – Snow HillNorth end of US 258 overlap; to North Carolina Global TransPark
382.0614.8
US 70 Bus. east / US 258 Bus. south – Kinston
384.5618.8 NC 11 / NC 55 (Old Pink Hill Road) – Pink Hill, Mount Olive
385.0619.6
US 258 south / US 70 Bus. west / US 258 Bus. north / NC 58 north – Richlands, Kinston
South end of US 258 overlap, north end of NC 58 overlap
386.0621.2 NC 58 south – TrentonSouth end of US 58 overlap
Jones393.0632.5Old US Highway 70 – Dover
Craven402.0647.0 NC 41 south (Trenton Road) – Cove City, TrentonNorthern terminus of NC 41
408.0656.6Tuscarora-Rhems Road
411.0661.4409Clark Road
411.5662.2410A US 17 south – JacksonvilleSouth end of US 17 overlap
412.8664.3411 NC 43 north – Greenville, VanceboroSouthern terminus of NC 43
New Bern415.0667.9Glenburnie RoadTo Craven Community College
416.0669.5414
US 17 Bus. / US 70 Bus. east – Jacksonville
417.7672.2416Country Club Road
419.0674.3417
US 17 north / US 17 Bus. south / US 70 Bus. west / NC 55 – Bayboro, Washington
Signed as exits 417A (south) and 417B (north)
Havelock435.0700.1 NC 101 east (Fontana Boulevard)Western terminus of NC 101
CarteretMorehead City449.0722.6 NC 24 west – JacksonvilleEastern terminus of NC 24
453.0729.0 To NC 58 – Atlantic BeachTo Fort Macon State Park
Beaufort458.0737.1 NC 101 west
467.0751.6Harkers Island Road – Harkers IslandTo Cape Lookout Lighthouse
Smyrna469.0754.8Marshallberg Road – Marshallberg
Sea Level483.0777.3 NC 12 north – Cedar IslandSouthern terminus of NC 12
Atlantic488.0785.4School Drive – Cedar IslandEast end of US 70; road ends 2,500 feet (760 m) at Little Port Brook
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

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