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NCDOT Rebuilds Medians Along US 70 - Fayetteville St. Closes TONIGHT!

04/10/2018

Trying to get to Clayton High School?  Heading to The Clayton Center?  Is your destination Downtown Clayton?

If you're used to turning left off US 70 eastbound onto Fayetteville Street to do any of those things - you'll have to take a detour starting TONIGHT!

Contract crews for the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will close the median at that busy entrance and exit from our downtown beginning Tuesday, April 10. 

Currently, the median opening allows left turns onto the highway (to head toward Smithfield) and allows right turns off US 70 into Downtown Clayton and to Clayton High. 

NCDOT is in the middle of a $6.6 million dollar project to re-surface and improve the safety of US 70 from the Wake County line to the US 70 bypass in Clayton. To improve traffic flow through the intersections, the project calls for reconfiguring several median openings between Shotwell Road and N.C. 42 in Clayton.

Left turns from Fayetteville Street near Clayton High School onto US 70 were deemed dangerous by the agency and it feels those maneuvers "increase the risk of the more serious angled crashes." Once work is completed on this specific median, those turns will no longer be possible.  Only left turns from vehicles traveling east on US 70 will be able to turn left onto Fayetteville Street to head to Clayton High School and Downtown Clayton. 

NCDOT hasn't been able to share how long that median will remain closed for this work to be complete, but The Lane Construction Corp. of Cheshire, Connecticut, is set to meet with NCDOT officials tonight to lay out a timeline for this busy access. In the meantime, drivers trying to access Clayton High School or Downtown Clayton should make left turns off US 70 at the traffic signal at Robertson Street (McDonald's & Walgreens intersection). 

The project is expected to be substantially complete by late this year, with permanent landscaping to follow by spring 2019.

For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

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