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Open House for Widening N.C. 42 in Johnston County


CLAYTON – State transportation officials want the public’s feedback on the proposed plan to widen eight miles of heavily congested N.C. 42 in Johnston County.

The N.C. Department of Transportation plans to widen the two-lane highway between U.S. 70 Business in Clayton and N.C. 50 in the Cleveland community into a four-lane, divided roadway. The project, which Clayton town officials have sought, would include a sidewalk and a multiuse path between the business highway and the U.S. 70 Bypass.

The project is intended to improve traffic flow, reduce delays during rush hour and accommodate future traffic in a fast-growing part of the Triangle. Project information is available on the NCDOT website.

NCDOT representatives will show preliminary design maps of the proposal, answer questions and collect comments during an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, at the Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St. Residents may drop in any time, as no formal presentation will be given.

This project is separate from two others by NCDOT that will be under construction by next year in the same vicinity: widening the portion of N.C. 42 between Buffalo and Glen Laurel Road, east of Clayton; and widening Interstate 40 between Exits 301 and 312 and upgrading the I-40/N.C. 42 interchange.

To learn more information or submit comments about the May 10 meeting, contact Consultant Project Manager Leza Wright Mundt at 919-852-0468 or; or NCDOT Project Manager Matt Clarke at 252-640-6419 or

Comments will be accepted through May 25.

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact Lauren Putnam at 919-707-6072 or

Persons who speak Spanish and have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English may receive interpretive services upon request before the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494.


9/22/2020 8:52 AM