Triangle Briefs

Path for connector will take 17 homes

From Staff ReportsJuly 11, 2007 

— State transportation officials have selected the route for the East End Connector, a bypass that eventually will connect U.S. 70 and the Durham Freeway.

The path chosen several weeks ago was the same that city officials recommended in February.

Planners describe the route as "Alternative 3," the least expensive and the one that would require destruction of the fewest homes and businesses.

Seventeen homes, one business and one church office lie in its path.

The cost of construction of a six- to eight-lane road and purchase of property in the path is estimated at $193 million, nearly double what is earmarked for the project.

Ken Spaulding, a Durham lawyer and state transportation board member, said the city would look to the state for additional funding.

The state Board of Transportation must vote on the funding issue, Spaulding said, and that vote is set for later this year.

A very tentative Department of Transportation schedule calls for right-of-way purchasing to start in 2010 and completion of construction about 2013.

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