N.C. 42 in Johnston County will be widened

Work on $58.7 million contract will start soon

CLAYTON – The N.C. Department of Transportation has approved a $58.7 million contract to widen a 4.6-mile segment of N.C. 42 east of Clayton to alleviate growing congestion.

W.C. English Inc. of Lynchburg, Va., can start after Oct. 29 on expanding the two-lane highway into four lanes with a raised median between Glen Laurel Road and Buffalo Road. Traffic should be using the new lanes by summer 2022.

The median, which will redirect left turns from the side roads or business or residential driveways, will reduce the risk of crashes, especially the more dangerous angled collisions involving drivers going in opposite directions. The extra lanes will improve traffic flow to an area of Johnston County that continues to see new residential and commercial development.

The highway widening is separate from these other two major NCDOT projects in the Clayton area:

  • Adding two lanes in each direction along Interstate 40 between exit 301 and exit 312. The $360 million construction project, which was awarded in June, also includes rebuilding the I-40 and N.C. 42 interchange at exit 312.
• Widening N.C. 42 between U.S. 70 Business in Clayton and N.C. 50. The department plans to start construction in early 2022. More details can be found on this NCDOT page.

This is one of 14 road and bridge projects the department recently awarded. The contracts went to the lowest qualified bidder, as required by state law. They are worth $507.7 million, which is $12 million under engineer estimates.

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N.C. 42 east of Clayton in Johnston County will be widened. Contributed Photo

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