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Got Thoughts on NC42 Widening? Tell NCDOT May 10 at The Clayton Center


North Carolina 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 west from U.S. 70 Business in Clayton to N.C. 50 (across Interstate 40) in the Cleveland community into a four-lane, divided roadway. The project, which Clayton town officials have sought, would include a sidewalk and a multi-use path between the business highway and the U.S. 70 Bypass.

Scheduled for construction in 2022, the $66 million 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, including maps, 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.

Other NCDOT Projects in Clayton

Clayton drivers may have noticed other NCDOT roadwork in and around Clayton.

Work is underway on an NCDOT project to improve and modify U.S. 70 Business between Shotwell Road and just east of N.C. 42. The project is bringing $2.5 million to $3 million of state highway dollars to Clayton.

Since mid-January, drivers on N.C. 42 East have experienced delays due to the start of tree-clearing for the upcoming $43.1 million project to widen NC 42 East to four lanes between Glen Laurel Road & Buffalo Road. The tree-clearing work is expected to run through June 2018. This is a heavily traveled corridor in and out of Clayton, so lane closures have been restricted to only occur between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays. Crews will not work on weekends or close lanes during rain. Once tree-clearing is complete this summer, NCDOT will contract for utilities to be re-located. The actual widening work is set to begin in 2019 and includes a complete replacement of the bridge over the Neuse River.

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