CLAYTON – A state transportation contractor plans to close one lane on N.C. 42, east of the Neuse River, for two nights starting Sunday as part of a widening project.
The contractor will close the lane between Trillium Way and Brookhaven Drive from 8 p.m. Sunday until 6 a.m. Monday, and again Monday night through Tuesday morning during those same times.
Workers with flags will manage the open lane, while drivers from each direction take turns using it. Motorists should slow down, expect delays and use caution traveling through the work zone.
During the lane closure, crews will add temporary pavement needed to shift traffic later when the other side of N.C. 42 is being constructed.
In 2018, the N.C. Department of Transportation awarded a $58.7 million contract to widen N.C. 42 from two lanes into a four-lane corridor with a raised median and additional traffic signals between Glen Laurel and Buffalo roads. The project will improve traffic safety and mobility and ease growing congestion in a fast-developing area of the county.
The widened highway is expected to be completed by the fall of 2022.