Drivers along NC 42 East can expect to see signs like this one through next summer now that the traffic patterns have changed as workers widen the roadway.
Work crews last weekend started shifting traffic on N.C. 42 in Clayton to the new lanes of N.C. 42 constructed between Old N.C. 42 and the Clayton Fire Department Station No. 2, according to the N.C.
Department of Transportation. Traffic will be in a two-lane, two-way pattern, and the shift will remain in effect until next summer.
The shift is part of a project to widen N.C. 42 from U.S. 70 Business to just east of Glen Laurel Road. By shifting traffic, crews with Fred Smith Co. of Raleigh can install two large concrete drainage pipes under the existing lanes of N.C. 42. Similar pipes have been installed under the new lanes that traffic will use during the shift.
Breaks in the median will be included along N.C. 42, allowing motorists to make left turns. Other intersections with stoplights will be installed at U.S. 70 Business, Caterpillar Industrial Plant Drive and Glen Laurel Road. A stoplight will also be installed at the fire station for emergency vehicles, as well as at the truck entrance for Caterpillar. An extra-wide turnaround will be installed on N.C. 42 just past Old N.C. 42 for tractor-trailer traffic .
Work is scheduled to be completed by Oct. 1, 2013. All planting and reforestation will be completed no later than March 28, 2014.
Traffic will be maintained on N.C. 42 during construction with occasional lane closures during non-peak hours. There may be some night work.
Motorists can expect to experience shifts as crews work at the railroad crossing near U.S. 70 Business.