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Traffic to Shift to New Westbound N.C. 42 Lanes in Clayton

RALEIGH - Starting Saturday, June 8, weather permitting, drivers in Clayton will be able to put rubber to the road on the new lanes of N.C. 42, which are part of the project to widen N.C. 42 from U.S. 70 Business to just east of Glen Laurel Road in Johnston County. The N.C. Department of Transportation will shift traffic into the new westbound lanes of N.C. 42 between Old N.C. 42 and the end of the project just past Glen Laurel Road. If weather does not permit the shift to take place on Saturday, it will be rescheduled for Sunday, June 9. A map of the traffic shift location can be found here.Traffic is currently in a two-lane, two-way pattern in the eastbound lanes between Old N.C. 42 and Clayton Fire Department Station Number 2. By shifting traffic into a two-lane, two-way pattern in the westbound lanes, crews will be able to complete work in the eastbound lanes of N.C. 42. Driveways leading to businesses and intersections will be extended to the westbound lanes, ensuring that traffic will still have access to these areas along this section of N.C. 42. NCDOT awarded a $5.9 million contract in April 2012 to Fred Smith Co. for the widening of this section of N.C. 42 in Johnston County from two to four lanes divided by a raised median. Signalized breaks will be installed in the median that will allow motorists to make left turns at U.S. 70 Business, Caterpillar Industrial Plant Drive and Glen Laurel Road. A signalized cross-over will be installed at the truck entrance for Caterpillar and at the fire station for emergency vehicles. A non-signalized extra wide turnaround will also be installed on N.C. 42 just past Old N.C. 42 to allow tractor-trailer traffic traveling east to turn and travel west.Work is scheduled to be complete and the road open to traffic by Oct. 1. 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 or follow NCDOT on Twitter at Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type "" 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.


2/19/2018 7:50 AM