U.S. 70

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U.S. 70 travels across the state of North Carolina from Hot Springs in the Appalachian Mountains to Atlantic along Core Sound. U.S. 70 enters the Tar Heel State alongside U.S. 25 at the Bald Mountains. The two combine southeast to the Walnut Mountains, Marshall and I-26 at Weaverville. U.S. 70 accompanies the I-40 corridor from Asheville east to Stateville, and again between the Piedmont Triad region and Raleigh. U.S. 70 runs along I-85 or Business Loop I-85 from Salisbury northeast to Lexington and High Point. Southeast from I-40 at Clayton, U.S. 70 is part of the Future I-42 corridor, with several sections of freeway or expressway to Goldsboro, Kinston, New Bern and Havelock.

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U.S. 70 Business Routes

U.S. 25-70 Business loop west 5.49 miles into the Madison County town of Marshall. A 3.71 mile route, U.S. 70 Business across the Burke County seat of Morganton follows Union Street and Meeting Street. U.S. 70 Business through Hillsborough runs 4.67 miles south from U.S. 70, partially alongside NC 86 on Revere Road, Corbin Street and Churton Street.

U.S. 70 Business through Durham follows the pre-freeway alignment of U.S. 70 along Hillsborough Road southeast to Downtown. The 10.32 mile route converges with U.S. 70 at the East End Connector (I-885) via S Miami Boulevard. South of Raleigh, a 19.76 mile long branch of U.S. 70 separates from U.S. 70 at I-40 in Garner. Heading southeast through Clayton, U.S. 70 Business crosses U.S. 70/Future I-42 to Smithfield before returning to U.S. 70 near Pine Level.

Within the city of Goldsboro, U.S. 70 Business 5.59 follows a combination of W Grantham Street, N George Street and Ash Streets through Downtown while U.S. 70 bypasses the city center along an older expressway to the north. A 4.78 mile long branch of U.S. 70 Business overlaps with U.S. 258 Business from an arterial bypass east along Vernon Avenue and south on Queen Street.

U.S. 70 East
U.S. 70 (Burlington Road) east meets I-785 and I-840 outside Greensboro. Photo taken 02/23/08.
I-785/840 head south from U.S. 70 (Burlington Road) two miles to I-40 and I-85. I-785 follows the Greensboro Urban Loop north to U.S. 29. Photo taken 02/23/08.
I-785 south / I-840 west lead directly onto I-85 south toward High Point. Photo taken 02/23/08.
Reassurance marker posted after the exchange with Lumley Road (SR 1645) west and Westgate Road (SR 1837) east near RDU Airport. Photo taken 02/15/19.
U.S. 70 east at Triangle Drive to Umstead Industrial Park in Raleigh. Photo taken 02/15/19.
U.S. 70 West
U.S. 70 intersects Elizabeth Street just ahead of the parclo interchange with Interstate 795 north and NC 581 Connector south in Goldsboro. Photo taken 12/14/17.
Interstate 795 travels 25 miles north from U.S. 70 in Goldsboro to U.S. 264/Future I-587 south of Wilson and I-95 west of Wilson. Photo taken 12/14/17.
Northbound Interstate 795 begins at U.S. 70. Future construction will extend the freeway south along U.S. 117 to I-40 near Faison. Photo taken 12/14/17.
U.S. 70 (Glenwood Avenue) progresses northwest from William B. Umstead State Park to a cloverstack interchange with I-540 (Northern Wake Expressway). Photo taken 02/15/19.
Triangle Drive intersects U.S. 70 west after the entrance to William B. Umstead State Park. Photo taken 02/15/19.
Exit 293 for Interstate 540 departs U.S. 70 (Glenwood Avenue) west ahead of Lumley Road west and Westgate Road. Photo taken 02/15/19.
Lumley Road (SR 1645) connects with air cargo areas of Raleigh Durham International Airport (RDU) en route to the Briar Creek community. Wesgate Road (SR 1837) extends east to a number of industrial parks and a quarry. Photo taken 02/15/19.
Exit 293 separates for I-540 west to I-40 near Research Triangle Park (RTP) and east to U.S. 1 for Wake Forest beyond a signalized intersection with Lumley and Westgate Road. Photo taken 02/15/19.
U.S. 70 (Burlington Road) meets I-785/840 outside of Greensboro. Photo taken 02/23/08.
The Greensboro Urban Loop leads south at the west split of I-40/85. I-785 overlaps with I-840 north to U.S. 29. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Future I-840 ended at U.S. 70 until Spring 2018, when the Greensboro Urban Loop was extended north to U.S. 29 as I-785. Photo taken 12/15/16.
U.S. 70 continues west from the exchange with I-785/840 into the Bessemer and Edgeville sections of Greensboro, where it merges with U.S. 29 south. Photo taken 12/15/16.
U.S. 70 Business scenes
NC 42 east meets U.S. 70 and Future I-42 at a diamond interchange just west of the Clayton town limits. Photo taken 12/15/16.
U.S. 70 combines with Interstate 40 en route to Garner, 3.62 miles to the west of NC 42. Photo taken 12/15/16.
Future I-42 overlays U.S. 70 (Clayton Bypass) west from NC 42 to I-40 just beyond the Wake County line. Photo taken 12/15/16.
Mallard Road links the off-ramp (Exit 95) from I-95 north with U.S. 70 Business outside of Smithfield. The rural road meanders northward from Brogden Road to U.S. 70 Business. Photo taken 12/16/07.
Mallard Road northbound at U.S. 70 Business within the diamond interchange at Interstate 95. U.S. 70 Business west enters Downtown Smithfield beyond the freeway; eastbound continues four miles to U.S. 70 ahead of Princeton. Photo taken 12/16/07.
U.S. 70 Business East - Goldsboro
Advancing east toward Downtown Goldsboro, U.S. 70 Business (W Grantham Street) spans a Norfolk Southern Railroad line from the six-ramp parclo interchange with U.S. 13-70-117. Photo taken 12/14/17.
U.S. 70 Business turns south onto George Street from Grantham Street at this traffic light. Photo taken 12/14/17.
U.S. 70 Business West - Goldsboro
Spanning a CSX Railroad line, U.S. 70 Business (Grantham Street) leaves the Goldsboro street grid and approaches U.S. 13, U.S. 70 east and U.S. 117. Photo taken 12/14/17.
U.S. 70 bypasses Goldsboro along a freeway east toward Kinston. U.S. 117 parallels I-795 north to Wilson. Photo taken 12/14/17.
U.S. 70 east combines with U.S. 13 north just ahead of the split with U.S. 117. Photo taken 12/14/17.
U.S. 13/117 overlap 5.5 miles south from the six ramp parclo interchange with U.S. 70 and U.S. 70 Business (W Grantham Street). Photo taken 12/14/17.
Beyond Goldsboro, U.S. 13 turns west to Newton Grove and Fayetteville while U.S. 117 remains on a southerly course to Mt. Olive and Wilmington. Photo taken 12/14/17.
U.S. 70 overtakes W Grantham Street from U.S. 70 Business ahead of I-795. The expressway bypass for Goldsboro extends 1.11 miles south along U.S. 13/117 to NC 581. Photo taken 12/14/17.

Photo Credits:

  • 07/24/04 by AARoads.
  • 12/16/07 by AARoads.
  • 02/23/08 by Jamie Dzencelowcz.
  • 12/15/16 by AARoads.
  • 12/14/17 by AARoads.
  • 02/15/19 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 26
Interstate 40
Interstate 85
Interstate 95
Interstate 240
Interstate 540 / Toll NC 540
Interstate 795
U.S. 1
U.S. 74
U.S. 117

Page Updated 08-03-2020.

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