A freeway U.S. 70 ramp in New Bern is being upgraded to interstate standards and will be closed to drivers beginning Monday.

The ramp from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to U.S. 70 East will be closed from 6:30 a.m. April 27 through 7 p.m. April 28, weather permitting. Crews will continue paving as part of the project to upgrade U.S. 70 to future Interstate 42.

As a detour, drivers on Business 17 will take U.S. 70 West about one mile to the exit for Glenburnie Road. At the end of the exit ramp, drivers will take a left, cross the bridge and turn left onto U.S. 70 East.

Motorists are urged to plan ahead for their commute and slow down near the work zone.

The construction is part of the project to bring U.S. 70 up to interstate standards between Raleigh and Morehead City. Crews are widening shoulders and milling and repaving the highway. The project in Craven County is 32 miles long and costs $25.5 million.

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