Booker Dairy Road Widening Requires Road Closure

A contractor must close a portion of Booker Dairy Road in Smithfield overnight Tuesday to install a drain pipe associated with a widening project.

The closure of Booker Dairy Road will take place near the intersection of White Oak Drive. It will begin at 11:00pm Tuesday, June 12 and end by 5:00am the next morning.  Crews will backfill the hole with dirt and stone before reopening Booker Dairy Road. They will later patch it with asphalt.

Drivers on Buffalo Road should detour onto Hospital Road and Brightleaf Boulevard (US 301) and then back onto Booker Dairy Road. From Brightleaf Boulevard, motorists should turn right onto Hospital Road, then right onto Buffalo and right onto Booker Dairy Road.

The NC Department of Transportation awarded a $13.2 million contact in January to Branch Civil Inc. of Roanoke, Virginia. The contractor will widen Booker Dairy Road from two lanes into four lanes with a raised median between Buffalo Road and just east of Bradford Street. From there, crews will extend the four lanes eastward onto a new location, paralleling the existing Booker Dairy Road, before connecting with Ava Gardner Avenue at Wal-Mart.

The project began in March and is scheduled to be completed by the Fall of 2019.