Crews today removed construction barrels and officially opened all four lanes of N.C. 42 in Johnston County to traffic from U.S. 70 Business to just past Glen Laurel Road
in Clayton. The right lane of N.C. 42 East is still closed just in front of Clayton Fire Station Number Two.By opening the new lanes, the N.C. Department of Transportation is one step closer to completing a project to widen this portion of N.C. 42, which will relieve congestion for the approximately 22,000 vehicles using this commuter route daily -up from 20,000 in 2008. NCDOT awarded a $5.9 million contract to Fred Smith Co. of Raleigh in April 2012 for this project, which included widening the two-lane road to four lanes with a median. Photos of construction can be found here.Signalized breaks were installed in the median that allow motorists to make left turns at U.S. 70 Business, Caterpillar Industrial Plant Drive and Glen Laurel Road. A signalized cross-over has also been installed at the truck entrance for Caterpillar and at the fire station for emergency vehicle use only. A non-signalized extra-wide turnaround has also been installed on N.C. 42 just past Old N.C. 42 to allow tractor-trailer traffic traveling east to turn and travel west.Now that all four lanes are open, crews will still have to finish pavement markings and signal work, as well as complete other punch-list items before the project can officially be considered complete. This work is anticipated to be done before the end of this week under temporary lane closures. Additional guardrail will also be installed just past Glen Laurel Road where the road goes from four lanes back down to two. This work will be completed at a later date.All planting and reforestation will be done by no later than March 28, 2014. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type "m.ncdot.gov" into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.