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Crews work to widen Booker Dairy Road

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SMITHFIELD — Drivers are encountering a new traffic pattern while crews work to complete a $13.2 million project to widen and extend Booker Dairy Road on Smithfield’s northeast side.

A contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation is widening the two-lane road into four lanes with a raised median from Buffalo Road to U.S. 301. About half of the existing route is being improved, while the remaining portion will be constructed east of the existing roadway.

The new roadway will run roughly parallel to the old portion and connect with Ava Gardner Avenue at the Walmart on U.S. 301. The total length of the project is 2.1 miles.

A T-intersection has been built where the new roadway and the existing portion that will not be widened converge.

Beginning Friday, crews performed pavement work to add striping before shifting drivers to the new intersection, which will receive a traffic signal as part of this project.

Drivers encountered flagging operations until the new traffic pattern was completed by Saturday afternoon. The project is expected to be completed by December with all four lanes open

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