Route of US 70 in North Carolina highlighted in red
|Maintained by NCDOT|
|Length:||488 mi (785 km)|
|Existed:||1926 - present|
| Appalachian Medley
Clayton Bypass Scenic Byway
Outer Banks Scenic Byway
|West end:||/ at the TN line near Paint Rock|
|East end:||School Drive in Atlantic|
|Counties:||Madison, Buncombe, McDowell, Burke, Catawba, Iredell, Rowan, Davidson, Randolph, Guilford, Alamance, Orange, Durham, Wake, Johnston, Wayne, Lenoir, Jones, Craven, Carteret|
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 (US25). 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 November11, 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 US70 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 US70 on interstate grade freeways, such as the Clayton and Goldsboro Bypasses. On May24, 2016, AASHTO assigned the FutureI-42 designation to the majority of US70's routing east of Garner.
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 US70 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. US70 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.
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, NC213 splits and continues towards Mars Hill. Before US25 Bus./US70 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.
In Weaverville, US25/US70 joins Future I-26/US19/US23 (exit19), then continues south on the Morris L. McGough Freeway to Asheville. US25 separates at Merrimon Avenue (exit23), continuing solo into downtown Asheville. At the Patton Avenue interchange, US70 switches to an I-240/US 74A concurrency as it goes east along the Billy Graham Freeway. At Charlotte Avenue (exit5B), US70/US74A splits from I-240 before it goes through the Beaucatcher Cut. At College Street, which changes into Tunnel Road, US70/US74A passes through Beaucatcher Tunnel (built in 1927). On the eastern side of Beaucatcher Mountain, US70/US;74A goes through a commercial corridor that leads to Asheville Mall, where US74A 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, US70 leaves the Asheville city limits and begins its parallel north of I-40, as it goes through Swannanoa and Black Mountain. At Ridgecrest, US70 merges with I-40 (exit65). At Swannanoa Gap it crosses the Eastern Continental Divide (elevation 2,786 feet (849 m)) and enters McDowell County.
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, US70 splits from I-40 (at exit72) and travels through the downtown area and by the Mountain Gateway Museum and Heritage Center. East of Old Fort, US70 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, US70 connects with US 221/NC 226 and then forms a short concurrency with US 221 Bus. along Main Street. East of Marion, US70 connects with NC 126 in Nebo, where travelers can visit Lake James State Park.
Entering Burke County near Bridgewater, US70 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, US70 serves as the town's commercial corridor as US 321 Bus. begins its concurrency at the US 321 interchange. In Conover, US321 Bus. turns at Northwest Boulevard towards Newton and then crosses NC 16. Continuing east through Claremont and Catawba, US70 crosses the Catawba River for the second time and enters Iredell County.
After passing through Celeste Hinkle and by the Statesville Regional Airport, US70 enters the city limits of Statesville and connects with US64/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 (exit43A), 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. After crossing into Rowan County, US70 goes through Cleveland and shares a short concurrency with NC 801 near Barber before entering Salisbury. On Jake Alexander Boulevard, US70 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 US29/US70/NC150 travels are the Wil-Cox Bridge, a concrete arch pedestrian bridge, and two North Carolina Railroad (NCRR) Warren truss bridges.
At 1.16 miles (1.87 km) from the Yadkin River, NC150 splits towards Churchland while US29/US70 merges with I-85/US 52 (at exit84). After a 4.31-mile (6.94 km) concurrency, I-85 splits off and continues towards Greensboro, and I-85 Bus. begins (at exit87). Entering the Lexington city limits, additional route changes occur; US52 departs (at exit87) towards Winston-Salem, and US64 merges from Mocksville. After skirting north of downtown Lexington, US64 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 exit35), where travelers can connect to reach I-40 west or the Greensboro Coliseum. Merging onto I-40/US 220 (at exit219), 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. Separating from I-40/I-85 Bus. at the O'Henry Boulevard interchange (at exit223), US29/US70/US220 continue north, passing by the North Carolina A&T campus to the Wendover Avenue interchange. With US29 continuing north along the expressway towards Reidsville and US220 going west on Wendover Avenue, US70 again proceeds solo, east towards Burlington. At the eastern edge of Greensboro's city limit, US70 connects with I-795/I-840 (Greensboro Urban Loop). Near McLeansville, US70 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.
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. At Mebane, US70 crosses into Orange County. Passing through the communities of Miles and Efland, and parallels the NCRR railroad just to the north, US70 makes a unique median divide in Duke Forest to merge with the I-85 Connector (SR1239); constructed in the mid-1950s when US70 was rerouted here onto what is now I-40/I-85. Crossing the Eno River, US70 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, US70 merges onto I-85 (exit 170), while US 70 Bus. continues along its former alignment to Bennett Place.
Entering both Durham and Durham County, I-85/US70 maintains an east-west routing north of the downtown area. At exit174A US 15/US 501 begins a concurrency; at exit176B US501 continues north along Duke Street. At exit178 US70 leaves I-85/US15, which continues towards Oxford and Petersburg. Traveling on a southeasterly direction along four-lane freeway, it rejoins US70 Bus. at Miami Boulevard and becomes an expressway. At Bethesda, Miami Boulevard (SR1959) continues south into the Research Triangle Park, while US70 enters Wake County along New Raleigh Highway.
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 US70 at Creedmoor Road, US70 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.
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 North Carolina Highway 70 Bypass spurs northeast towards I-795, while 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 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.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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.
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.
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 LaGrange 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.
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. 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.
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. 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. In 1939 US 70 was removed from Hollins Road in Marshall.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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. By 1968, US 70 was placed on a new bypass west of Newport, leaving behind Chatham Street (SR 1247). In 1969 US 70 was placed on a new bypass south of LaGrange, leaving behind Washington Street (SR 1603). In 1970 US 70 eastbound was removed from Main Street and onto Logan Street in Marion. 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).
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. In Raleigh, US 70/NC 50 were removed from Glenwood Avenue and placed on the Raleigh Beltline to North Boulevard/Downtown Boulevard. 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. 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).
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. 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. 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. 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. In 1987 US 25/US 70 was placed on a new bypass west of Walnut, leaving behind Walnut Drive (SR 1349). 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. 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.
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. 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 US70Bus. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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. NCDOT was given the approval by AASHTO to officially designate US 70 along the bypass on May6, 2008, with the former alignment becoming an extension of US70Bus. 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. 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.
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).
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 NC44, while the western and eastern sections were under construction. The western section of the bypass from US70 west of Goldsboro to I-795 opened on October17, 2015. The final section from Wayne Memorial Drive to US70 was completed in May 2016. The route is currently listed as US70Bypass.
Located in Durham along Miami Boulevard, the East End Connector connects US 70 with NC 147 (the Durham Freeway) and possible establishment of I-885. 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. The project will also add or change interchanges at Miami Boulevard/Carr Road and NC98 (Holloway Street).
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. The project involves the counties of Wake, Johnston, Wayne, Lenoir, Jones, Craven, and Carteret.
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 the 2016-2025 State Transportation Improvement Plan, and studies have been suspended for the time being.
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 2018. Estimated to cost $173 million, it is scheduled to be completed in 2021.
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 March25, 2015, by Conti Enterprises, Inc., of Edison, NJ. All work but landscaping is scheduled to be completed by July15, 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.
In James City, a 2.5-mile (4.0 km) segment of the US70 improvement project will upgrade the existing thoroughfare to freeway standards, and will cost an estimated $66 million. Property acquisition is scheduled to start in 2021. Other projects, including in Pine Level, Slocum Gate, Wilson's Mills, and the Newport River Bridge, are at various stages of planning or completion at this time.
The Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), signed by President Obama on December14, 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. 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. On March30, 2016, Governor Pat McCrory and various officials unveiled "Future Interstate" signage along the corridor.
|Madison||Paint Rock||0.0||0.0||north / west (SR 9 west) - Newport||Continuation into Tennessee|
|Hot Springs||5.8||9.3||south (Lance Avenue) - Lake Junaluska|
|Hurricane||11.0||17.7||north - Greeneville|
|Walnut||16.5||26.6||west - Walnut||West end of NC 213 overlap|
south / south (Main Street) - Marshall
|22.3||35.9||east (Hayes Run Road) - Mars Hill||East end of NC 213 overlap|
|23.5||37.8||south (Tillery Branch Road)|
north / north (Ivy River Road) - Marshall
west / north / north - Mars Hill, Johnson City
|West end of Future I-26 and north end of US 19/US 23 overlap|
|34.3||55.2||21||New Stock Road - Weaverville|
south / north (Merrimon Avenue) - Woodfin, North Asheville
|South end of US 25 overlap|
|37.2||59.9||24||Elk Mountain Road Woodfin|
|Asheville||38.5||62.0||25||- University of North Carolina at Asheville|
|40.0||64.4||Hill Street||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
/ east / / south / 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|
|40.7||65.5||4C||Montford Avenue / Haywood Street|
|41.5||66.8||5B||east - Oteen||East end of I-240 overlap|
|41.8||67.3||north (Town Mountain Road)||To Blue Ridge Parkway|
|42.6||68.6||/ Chunns Cove Road|
|43.4||69.8||east (South Tunnel Road)||East end of US 74A overlap|
|43.6||70.2||Three-level diamond interchange|
|45.5||73.2||west (Swannanoa River Road)|
|46.1||74.2||Blue Ridge Parkway|
|Black Mountain||55.8||89.8||(Montreat Road / Broadway Avenue) - Montreat, Bat Cave|
|56.5||90.9||65||west - Asheville||West end of I-40 overlap, eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|Ridgecrest||57.9||93.2||66||Dunsmore Avenue - Ridgecrest|
|McDowell||Old Fort||63.5||102.2||72||east - Marion, Statesville||East end of I-40 overlap, eastbound entrance and westbound exit|
|73.0||117.5||north (Lake Tahoma Road)||To Mount Mitchell State Park|
|Marion||74.8||120.4||/ - Spruce Pine, Newland|
north (Main Street) - Spruce Pine, Newland
|North end of US 221 Business overlap|
south (Main Street) - Rutherfordton
|South end of US 221 Business overlap|
|Nebo||82.2||132.3||east||To Lake James State Park|
east / east (Union Street)
|East end of US 64 overlap|
west / east (Burkemont Avenue) - Rutherfordton
|West end of US 64 overlap|
|98.4||158.4||(Sterling Street) - Shelby|
west (Union Street)
/ - Lenoir, Boone, Lincolnton, Gastonia
|North end of US 321 Business overlap|
|121.5||195.5||Lenoir Rhyne Boulevard|
south to - Newton
|South end of US 321 Business overlap|
|Iredell||Statesville||145.8||234.6||/ - Taylorsville|
|148.0||238.2||/ (Shelton Avenue) - Troutman|
|149.2||240.1||- Charlotte, Elkin|
|Rowan||162.4||261.4||south - Mooresville||South end of NC 801 overlap|
|164.0||263.9||north - Cooleemee||North end of NC 801 overlap|
|Salisbury||170.0||273.6||north (Jake Alexander Boulevard) - Mocksville||North end of US 601 overlap|
|172.5||277.6||(Mooresville Road) - Mooresville|
|173.5||279.2||south (Main Street) / south (Jake Alexander Boulevard) - China Grove||South end of US 29/US 601 overlap|
|174.3||280.5||west (Mooresville Road)||South end of US 29/US 601 overlap|
|Davidson||182.2||293.2||82||/ south - Charlotte||Permanently closed as of April, 2010|
|183.0||294.5||84||/ south / east - Charlotte||South end of I-85/US 52 and east end of NC 150 overlap|
|184.0||296.1||85||Clark Road||Permanently closed as of November, 2012|
|Lexington||187.5||301.8||87||north - High Point, Greensboro||North end of I-85 and south end of I-85 Bus overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|188.0||302.6||84||east to north - Linwood||To Davidson County Airport|
|188.8||303.8||85||Green Needles Road|
|190.0||305.8||86||Salisbury Road - Downtown Lexington|
|191.0||307.4||87||north - Winston-Salem||North end of US 52 overlap; Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|192.0||309.0||Old US 64|
|192.7||310.1||west - Mocksville||West end of US 64 overlap|
|193.5||311.4||(Winston Road) - Lexington, Winston-Salem|
|194.0||312.2||east - Asheboro||East end of US 64 overlap|
|Thomasville||201.5||324.3||Lexington Avenue - Thomasville||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|204.0||328.3||(Salem Street) - Thomasville, Winston-Salem|
|205.5||330.7||(National Highway) - Thomasville, West High Point||To PTI Airport|
|Randolph||High Point||207.0||333.1||Old Thomasville Road - High Point|
|208.5||335.5||West Green Drive|
|210.0||338.0||Main Street - High Point|
|211.0||339.6||/ / Brentwood Street - Winston-Salem, Asheboro||Brentwood Street has a separate exit northbound; three-level diamond interchange|
|213.5||343.6||Kivett Drive - East High Point|
|Greensboro||216.0||347.6||Vickery Chapel Road / Guildford College Road - Jamestown|
|217.0||349.2||118||south - Salisbury, Charlotte||South end of I-85 overlap|
|218.2||351.2||119||Groometown Road to Grandover Parkway||Southbound exit incorporated with exit 33|
|| north / south to east - Durham, Sanford
north / north to west / Groometown Road - Winston-Salem
|North end of I-85 overlap; southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|221.0||355.7||35A||south - Asheboro|
|221.2||356.0||35B||north to west Coliseum Area||No westbound exit|
|221.8||357.0||35C||Rehobeth Church Road / Vandalia Road|
|223.0||358.9||219||west - Winston-Salem||West end of I-40 overlap; eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|223.9||360.3||221||South Elm-Eugene Street - Downtown Greensboro|
|225.0||362.1||222||Martin Luther King Jr. Drive|
|225.1||362.3||223||east / north - Burlington, Durham, Raleigh||East end of I-40 and north end of I-85 Business overlap; westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|225.8||363.4||Florida Street||Eastbound exit and entrance only|
|226.5||364.5||Lee Street||Two exits signed east and west|
|227.2||365.6||Market Street||To North Carolina A&T State University|
|227.6||366.3||Sullivan Street||Eastbound exit and entrance only|
|228.0||366.9||north / north (Wendover Avenue) - Reidsville||North end of US 29/US 220 overlap, two exits signed east and west|
|229.5||369.3||Huffine Mill Road|
|232.0||373.4||(hidden I-840) to /|
|Whitsett||240.0||386.2||east - Gibsonville|
|Alamance||Burlington||246.0||395.9||east (Chapel Hill Road) / south (Alamance Road) - Alamance||South end of NC 62 overlap|
|247.8||398.8||/ (Webb Avenue)|
|248.2||399.4||north (Rauhunt Street) - Yanceyville||North end of NC 62 overlap|
|Haw River||252.8||406.8||- Graham|
|Mebane||257.5||414.4||(Second Street/Fifth Street)||Brief .2 miles (0.32 km) concurrency|
|Orange||265.0||426.5||To / (I-85 Connector) - Greensboro||South end of NC 86 Truck overlap; westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
east (Revere Road)
|267.2||430.0||(Churton Street) to - Yanceyville, Roxboro||North end of NC 86 Truck overlap|
west - Hillsborough
south / east - Greensboro, Durham
|South end of I-85 overlap; eastbound exit and westbound entrance; to Bennett Place|
|Durham||Durham||276.1||444.3||172||south - Downtown Durham, Research Triangle Park||Northbound exit and southbound entrance; to North Carolina Central University|
|277.0||445.8||173||Cole Mill Road|
south / south to to / Hillsborough Road - Chapel Hill
|South end of US 15/US 501 overlap; southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|278.8||448.7||175||(Guess Road)||To NC School of Science & Math and Duke Homestead|
|280.0||450.6||176||north (Duke Street) / Gregson Street - Roxboro||North end of US 501 overlap; signed northbound as exits 176A (Gregson St) and 176B (Roxboro)|
south / (Roxboro Street) / east (Avondale Drive)
|To North Carolina Central University|
|282.0||453.8||178||north / north - Sanford, Petersburg||North end of I-85/US 15 overlap; westbound signed exit 285|
|284.0||457.1||(Holloway Street) - Durham, Wake Forest|
west (Miami Boulevard) - Durham
|Westbound exit and Eastbound entrance|
|To - RDU Airport||Future interchange (under construction)|
|Wake||Raleigh||292.0||469.9||292||to to - Wake Forest, RDU Airport|
|292.5||470.7||293||Lumley Road / Westgate Road|
|299.0||481.2||north - Creedmoor||North end of NC 50 overlap|
|300.0||482.8||/ to - Sanford, Rocky Mount, Wake Forest, Wilson|
|303.0||487.6||north (Capital Boulevard) - Wake Forest, Louisburg||North end of US 401 overlap; eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|305.0||490.8||Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard / Western Boulevard|
|306.0||492.5||/ - Cary, Chapel Hill, Benson|
|307.0||494.1||Wilmington Street - Downtown Raleigh|
|Garner||308.0||495.7||south - Fuquay-Varina, Fayetteville||South end of US 401 overlap; to Wake Tech College|
|310.0||498.9||Vandora Springs Road|
|311.0||500.5||south (Benson Road) - Garner, Benson||South end of NC 50 overlap|
west / east - Raleigh, Clayton
|West end of I-40 overlap|
|317.6||511.1||309||east - Benson||East end of I-40 overlap; westbound signed exit 318|
east - Goldsboro
|Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|Selma||335.0||539.1||/ / north - Smithfield, Selma||North end of NC 39 hidden overlap|
|335.6||540.1||- Benson, Wilson|
|335.9||540.6||east / end - Pine Level||South end of NC 39 hidden overlap|
west - Raleigh
|Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
west - Smithfield
|344.0||553.6||west - Pine Level|
|356.5||573.7||to south - Wilson, Wilmington|
south / south / east - Mount Olive, Goldsboro
|South end of US 13/US 117 overlap|
|357.5||575.3||north - Wilson||North end of US 117 overlap; eastbound exit and westbound entrance; to Gov. Charles B. Aycock Birthplace|
/ north (William Street) to
|North end of NC 111 overlap|
|359.0||577.8||Wayne Memorial Drive|
|360.7||580.5||Cuyler Best Road / Spence Avenue|
|361.5||581.8||north (Berkeley Boulevard) - Snow Hill||North end of US 13 overlap; to Seymour Johnson AFB|
west (Ash Street)
|364.0||585.8||south - Beulaville||South end of NC 111 overlap; to Cliffs of the Neuse State Park|
|372.0||598.7||- La Grange|
|Kinston||381.7||614.3||north - Snow Hill||North end of US 258 overlap; to North Carolina Global TransPark|
east / south - Kinston
|384.5||618.8||/ (Old Pink Hill Road) - Pink Hill, Mount Olive|
south / west / north / north - Richlands, Kinston
|South end of US 258 overlap, north end of NC 58 overlap|
|386.0||621.2||south - Trenton||South end of US 58 overlap|
|Jones||393.0||632.5||Old US Highway 70 - Dover|
|Craven||402.0||647.0||west (Trenton Road) - Cove City, Trenton|
|411.5||662.2||411||south - Jacksonville||South end of US 17 overlap|
|412.8||664.3||412||north - Greenville, Vanceboro||Southern terminus of NC 43|
|New Bern||415.0||667.9||Glenburnie Road||To Craven Community College|
/ east - Jacksonville
|417.7||672.2||416||Country Club Road|
north / south / west / - Bayboro, Washington
|Signed as exits 417A (south) and 417B (north)|
|Havelock||435.0||700.1||east (Fontana Boulevard)|
|Carteret||Morehead City||449.0||722.6||west - Jacksonville|
|453.0||729.0||To - Atlantic Beach||To Fort Macon State Park|
|467.0||751.6||Harkers Island Road - Harkers Island||To Cape Lookout Lighthouse|
|Smyrna||469.0||754.8||Marshallberg Road - Marshallberg|
|Sea Level||483.0||777.3||north - Cedar Island|
|Atlantic||488.0||785.4||School Drive - Cedar Island||East 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
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