The NC Department of Transportation will begin acquiring the right of way for the new Booker Dairy Road Extension Project in North Smithfield starting this November.
The DOT plans to extend Booker Dairy Road, just east of Smithfield-Selma High School, on a new path to connect into North Brightleaf Boulevard at Ava Gardner Boulevard.
The state will be working with the Town of Smithfield to relocate water, sewer and power lines, along with gas, telephone, and cable TV companies. On the current timeline, the DOT would bid the project in July 2017.
The Town of Smithfield is also considering extending a 16 inch water line along the new roadway and all the way to Buffalo Road. The line would serve as a secondary water line to the West Smithfield area, Town Manager Paul Sabiston said in a memo to town council members last week.
In March, the Town Council voted to rezone 238 acres of land from residential to industrial in anticipation of residential and commercial growth along the new Booker Dairy Road Extension.