Drivers on U.S. 70, east of Smithfield, will soon see changes in the flow of traffic.
Starting on Monday, a new interchange and overpass where U.S. 70 and U.S. 70 Business once intersected, will open, the North Carolina Department of Transportation said in a press release Friday.
Traffic on the two-lane road will cross over the main highway, NCDOT said. Motorists will enter or exit U.S. 70 on new ramps.
The $16.7 million project began in 2015 and is expected to be completed by early 2018.
The median crossover at Firetower Road will be closed once the intersection opens.
Drivers using Firetower Road will be required to turn right onto the highway or use the interchange to go in the other direction toward Smithfield.
More improvements to the area are coming over the next month, transportation officials said.
Crews will work on an interchange with an overpass and ramps at the highway intersection at Davis Mill Road/Stevens Chapel Road.
Crossover medians at Pine Street and Peedin Road/Creeches Mill Road intersections at U.S. 70 will close to prevent crashes in the area, officials said.
NCDOT says an average of more than 29,000 vehicles use the stretch of highway each day.
The agency expects the number of commuters to rise to 45,000 by 2035.