About time - NC42 widening from Clayton to NC50

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  1. jesse82nc

    jesse82nc Well-Known Member


    NCDOT Looks to Widen N.C. 42 in Johnston County Monday, December 04, 2017

    CLAYTON – To ease traffic congestion and plan for expected growth, state transportation officials are finalizing a proposal to widen an eight-mile stretch of N.C. 42 in a fast-developing area of Johnston County.

    The proposal would widen what now is largely a two-lane road into four lanes with a divided median between U.S. 70 Business inside Clayton and N.C. 50, west of Interstate 40.

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  2. Rockyv58

    Rockyv58 Well-Known Member

    Just wish they would change the start date from 2022 to maybe 2018
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  3. plummobile

    plummobile Well-Known Member

    They promised the people that this would be done in the late 90s and then again in 2008 (I believe). Then, all of a sudden, all the money went to the East side of Clayton to make 42 better for all the "big" bucks on that side. The congestion has always been worse on the west side of Clayton going to I40.
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  4. jesse82nc

    jesse82nc Well-Known Member

    Some major projects affecting our area:
    Start 2017 - Finish ~2019 - I40 repaving from NC42 to I95
    Start 2018 - Finish 2022 - I40 widening from NC42 to I440 (2 additional lanes each direction) - https://www.ncdot.gov/projects/i40nc42/
    Start 2020 - Finish ~2025 - NC540 from NC55 to I40 - https://www.ncdot.gov/projects/complete540/
    Start ~2022 - Finish ~2028 - NC540 from I40 to US64 - https://www.ncdot.gov/projects/complete540/
    Start 2022 - Finish ~2024 - NC42 widening from NC50 to US70 Business - https://www.ncdot.gov/projects/nc42widening/default.html
    US70/I42 - https://www.ncdot.gov/projects/US70corridor/
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  5. Harvey

    Harvey Well-Known Member

    Looks like we have another one! http://www.newsobserver.com/news/traffic/article188307784.html

    Geez, did someone just wake up and realize Johnston County existed and it had roads? WTF?

    Short version of the article: NCDOT just now realizes Johnston County / Clayton is growing, decides to do something about it. Article makes no mention of the ****-poor planning the town and County have done over the years to create the mess that taxpayer dollars now have to fix.
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  6. cynadon

    cynadon Well-Known Member

    Maybe you should have told them how to do it in the late 80's. Of course, investing in Apple would have been easier.
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  7. jesse82nc

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  8. cranky

    cranky Well-Known Member

    You can thank former Governor Mccrory for changing the STIP (State Transportation Improvement Project) ranking system to use actual data instead of political pressure in choosing highway funding. As for local planning, I do hope you will vote for incorporation of Cleveland township! If you live in Clayton ETJ I can't help you... but the planning department can!
  9. jesse82nc

    jesse82nc Well-Known Member

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  11. Bluewillow

    Bluewillow Well-Known Member

    Had to travel east on 42 through the Flowers Plantation area yesterday. Traffic was crazy and the area looked like a war zone. Later,on my return, the fun continued when I sat through several lights near the 40/42 intersection. I thought maybe there was an accident but no, traffic in turn lane to 40 east was backed up and blocking traffic. The traffic was much more congested in this area. Is it really going to be 2020 before they work on this area? If so, I'm going to need a helo or hovercraft!
  12. lgb0250

    lgb0250 Well-Known Member

    Better start your flight lessons now then!
    Last edited: May 14, 2018
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  13. jesse82nc

    jesse82nc Well-Known Member

    2018 widen I40
    2020 replace 40/42
    2022 wide NC42 from NC50 to US70 Business
  14. sirputz

    sirputz Well-Known Member

    I would much rather put up with two to three years of construction along the entire stretch, including 40/42, 42/50 42/70, as well as I 40 and 540 all going on at the same time than 8 years of consecutive construction

    Wouldn't you?
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  15. jesse82nc

    jesse82nc Well-Known Member

    I'm sure it's a budget thing more than anything. And since the part of 540 being built from 40 to 64 will be going on until 2028, that's 10 years of construction in the area. I would bet that starting towards the end of this year or sometime next year, commuting from 40/42 to Raleigh/RTP will be almost impossible. It's already horrible with current traffic levels. Imagine what it will be when they are widening I40 and have to close a lane down or narrow the lanes down for months at at time.
  16. lgb0250

    lgb0250 Well-Known Member

    42/55/540 looking better all the time. Actually I think this construction will turn Conwallis into an even worse nightmare in the rush hours with people trying to avoid most of this mess by taking it around the 40 construction.
  17. markfnc

    markfnc Well-Known Member

    That's how I come home from RTP. 540 to 55 to 42.
    In the morning I go 50 to Hammond Rd to 40
  18. Auxie

    Auxie Well-Known Member

    Now everyone that reads this will start going that way and create a traffic jam for that way. And lessen traffic the other way.

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