RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation
Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to widen N.C. 42 in Clayton from U.S. 70 to just east of Glen Laurel Road in Johnston County. The $5.9 million contract was awarded to Fred Smith Co. of Raleigh. Work can begin as early as April 30, with construction completed by Oct. 1, 2013. All planting and reforestation will be completed no later than March 28, 2014. N.C. 42 east of Clayton is a heavily traveled commuter route. In 2008, the Average Daily Traffic (ADT) count was 20,000 on the two-lane road. It is estimated that the current ADT is between 21,000 and 22,000. Due to the large amount of traffic on this route, widening N.C. 42 was ranked as a high-priority project for this region. The project includes plans to widen the road to four lanes divided by a raised median. Breaks in the median will be included along N.C. 42 allowing motorists to make left turns. Signalized breaks will be installed at U.S. 70, old N.C. 42, Caterpillar Industrial Plant Drive and Glen Laurel Road. A non-signalized cross-over for emergency vehicles only will be installed at the fire station and a non-signalized extra wide turnaround will be installed on N.C. 42 just past old N.C. 42 to allow for tractor-trailer traffic traveling east to turn and travel west.Traffic will be maintained on N.C. 42 during construction with occasional lane closures during non-peak hours. There may be some night work. Motorists can expect to experience traffic shifts as crews work at the railroad crossing near U.S. 70.This is one of 34 contracts totaling $130.8 million awarded by Conti following NCDOT's March contract letting for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina. NCDOT awarded the contracts to the lowest bidders, as required by state law. The bids received on the projects awarded came in about 1.4 percent, or $118.8 million, below NCDOT estimates. Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 575 highway contracts totaling $4.1 billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to jobs and educational opportunities.For more information about funding for infrastructure improvements in North Carolina, as well as other NCDOT projects and activities, visit www.ncdot.gov.