NEW BERN — As work continues to bring Highway 70 in Craven County up to interstate standards, the N.C. Department of Transportation closed one exit ramp and one entrance ramp this week.

The eastbound entrance and exit ramps for Highway 41 will be closed Thursday morning and will remain so until 7 p.m. Friday.

To access Highway 41 from Highway 70 East, traffic will continue past the exit for about 7 miles and exit at Tuscarora Rhems Road. At the stop sign, turn left and cross Highway 70, returning to Highway 70 West until the Highway 41 exit.

For traffic wanting to get to Highway 70 East, drivers will use the entrance ramp to 70 West, drive 8.5 miles and turn left at the crossover at Dover Road and continue to Highway 70 East.

The work is part of a larger project to bring Highway 70 from Garner to Morehead City up to interstate standards. Crews are widening shoulders, as well as milling and repaving the highway, which will be renamed Interstate 42. The project in its entirety is 32 miles long and costs $25.5 million.

Crews have also added additional nights of work next week to install bridge girders for a new overpass in Craven County near Slocum Gate.

The contractor requires lane closures between 8 p.m. Tuesday until 5 a.m. Friday, June 7. The left lane of Highway 70 East will be closed starting near the intersection of Hickman Hill Road, and the right lane of Highway 70 West will be closed starting at the Walmart intersection, west of Catawba Road. A shift will be required for the open westbound lane.

These dates are weather permitting. Motorists should anticipate needing extra time and slow down when approaching and within the work zone.

This work is part of the $24.4 million project to improve the Highway 70 corridor, including Slocum Gate.

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