Construction has started on the East End Connector in Durham, which will ultimately link Interstates 40 and 85.
Wral.com reports that Durham city and county leaders recently tossed dirt to signify the start of the $142 million project.
The N.C. Department of Transportation earlier awarded the contract to Dragados USA Inc. of New York City.
When completed in 2017, the 4-mile stretch of asphalt will connect the Durham Freeway with the U.S. 70/N.C. Highway 98 intersection. Other related road upgrades will also be done.
Durham Mayor Bill Bell said the project will have an important economic impact.