As work continues on the western section of the U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass, the N.C. Department of Transportation
will temporarily close Claridge Nursery Road in Goldsboro overnight later this week so crews can install girders on east and westbound bridges under construction on the bypass over Claridge Nursery Road. Claridge Nursery Road will be closed at the bridge site from 9 p.m. Thursday, May 16, until 6 a.m. Friday, May 17; and again from 9 p.m. Friday, May 17, until 6 a.m. Saturday, May 18. The road will be closed periodically both nights for no more than 30 minutes at a time. Due to the low volume of traffic on this road, there will not be a detour route in place. Instead, crews will move equipment out of the way as traffic approaches the construction site. Motorists traveling on Claridge Nursery Road should expect delays during the closures.A $62.4 million contract was awarded to S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson in July 2012 for this 5.9-mile western section of the U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass. The four-lane divided highway will go from U.S. 70 west of Goldsboro to Interstate 795. Interchanges will be constructed at U.S. 70 and N.C. 581. The U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass is a three-part project estimated to cost a total of $246 million. Once complete, the 20-mile bypass will span from U.S. 70 just west of N.C. 581 in Wayne County to U.S. 70 just east of Promise Land Road in Lenoir County. Crews are currently ahead of schedule and completion of the remaining sections of the bypass is scheduled for summer 2015. The first 3.9-mile section of the bypass, signed as N.C.44, opened to traffic in December 2011 from I-795 to Wayne Memorial Drive north of Goldsboro. Once the east and west sections are complete, this section will be resigned as the U.S. 70 Bypass. A $104.4 million design-build contract was awarded to Barnhill Contracting Co. of Tarboro in February 2012 for construction of the 12.5-mile eastern section of the bypass. Interchanges will be constructed at U.S. 13, Parkstown Road and U.S. 70. 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.