As part of a project to improve visibility along U.S. 301 just south of North Johnston High School, the N.C. Department of Transportation
will close a section of the highway between Kenly and Micro in Johnston County Monday, June 17, through Friday, August 16. Currently, a hill on U.S. 301 blocks visibility for traffic on Oak Grove Inn Road looking north at the intersection with U.S. 301, south of the school. By lowering the hill, NCDOT will increase visibility so drivers can see cars coming southbound on U.S. 301. To accomplish this task, crews will remove the pavement and road bed, and then reconstruct the road at a lower height. All work is scheduled to be done before the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.U.S. 301 will be closed in both directions between Oak Grove Inn Road and Watson Road for this work with two signed detours in place: Car traffic will use Oak Grove Inn Road and Watson Road to travel around the project site; and Truck traffic will use Main Street in Micro, Interstate 95 and Bagley Road to travel around the project site.A map of these detour routes can be found here.To improve traffic flow along the detour route for cars, a temporary all-way stop will be installed at the intersection of Oak Grove Inn Road and Watson Road on Wednesday, June 12, for the duration of the project.Currently, traffic on Watson Road must stop at Oak Grove Inn Road. With the all-way stop in place, traffic on Oak Grove Inn Road will also be required to stop. Stop signs will be placed on Oak Grove Inn Road at the intersection with Watson Road, and additional signage will also be placed on Oak Grove Inn Road warning traffic to the upcoming stop.Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect delays.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.