8 Mile Section Of US 70 Business To Be Resurfaced

A smoother and safer ride awaits people who use an eight-mile section of U.S. 70 Business in Johnston County.

The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $6.6 million contract to The Lane Construction Corp. of Cheshire, Connecticut, to mill out the old asphalt and resurface US 70 Business between the Wake County line and US 70 Bypass south of Clayton next year.

To improve safety and traffic flow through the intersections, the contractor also will reconfigure several median openings between Shotwell Road and NC 42 in Clayton. The new traffic pattern will direct left turns from the highway onto the side roads; motorists on those side streets will turn right and make a U-turn, if they wish to go in the opposite direction.

Additionally, the contractor will repave the US 70 Business westbound ramp at the US 70 Bypass, as well as sections of Barbour and Hamby Streets near US 70 in Clayton.

Weather depending, the contractor may start work after Jan. 2, with the project expected to be substantially complete by November 2018. Landscaping work can continue through May 2019.

This was one of nine road and bridge projects recently awarded by the DOT. They were worth about $275.3 million, and came in about $12.7 million under engineer estimates.