https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article220692620.html It begins with a new bridge over the Neuse River parallel to the existing one, said NCDOT spokesman Andrew Barksdale. When that’s completed, traffic will shift to the new bridge and the old one will be demolished and replaced. The wider highway will have a raised median down the middle to reduce the number of left turns on and off the road. There will be new traffic lights at a new development between Glen Laurel and Fox Ridge roads and at Castleberry Road, Motorcycle Road and Flowers Parkway. N.C. 42 was widened between Glen Laurel and U.S. 70 Business in 2013. The new lanes will mean the highway will be four lanes wide from U.S. 70 Business to Buffalo Road, where traffic from Flowers Plantation and other subdivisions fills the road, particularly during morning and evening commutes. N.C. 42 handled an average of 12,000 cars and trucks a day between Buffalo and Neuse River Parkway in 2017, compared to an average of 7,400 a day just east of Buffalo. The work that begins Monday should not be confused with the planned widening of eight miles of N.C. 42 on the west side of Clayton, between U.S. 70 Business and N.C. 50, near I-40. Construction on those lanes isn’t expected to begin until 2022.