State officials plan to transform five miles of U.S. 70 into a freeway, which will likely result in uncertainty and headaches for residents, property and business owners along the route. Officials will assess all driveways, bus stops, sidewalks and businesses on U.S. 70 from Lynn Road in Durham and west of T.W. Alexander Drive in Raleigh as they seek the best ways to convert the highway into a freeway, where access would be confined to limited interchanges or overpasses. “We have a lot of access along U.S. 70 now in Durham County, and if we turn this into a freeway that is going to change,” said engineer Joey Hopkins, of the N.C. Department of Transportation. “With change comes conflict.” An interchange is planned for the U.S. 70 intersection at South Miami Boulevard, which converts into South Mineral Springs Road and Sherron Road. A key task is preserving access for properties along U.S. 70. The options include pedestrian pathways, service roads and the state buying property and not providing access, Hopkins said.
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