NC 42 East Widening Project Nears Completion

CLAYTON – A contractor will perform paving operations starting today (Tuesday, Sept. 12) on a busy stretch of N.C. 42 East that has been widened.

Contract crews will be placing the final layer of asphalt on the highway between Castleberry Road and Neuse River Parkway. This work will last through October, weather permitting.

This operation will create occasional traffic backups, especially when the work is done at these two intersections. Drivers should expect delays and be alert for workers and equipment when traveling through the area.

After this paving is completed, the contractor will be able to open more lanes to traffic on N.C. 42, which has been widened to four lanes between Glen Laurel and Buffalo roads – a segment stretching over 4 miles.

After this final segment is paved, the contractor, W.C. English of Lynchburg, Virginia, will be making pavement adjustments along this corridor and completing other punch-list items of work that will necessitate occasional lane reductions through the end of this year.

Under the $58.7 million contract by the N.C. Department of Transportation, the project also included a raised median to improve safety, concrete curb and gutters, and the addition of traffic signals at some locations.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Only a year plus behind schedule. At any given time over the last 2 years, I’ve rarely seen more than 3 people working on this project. Whoever is managing this needs to be fired!

  2. “After this final segment is paved, the contractor, W.C. English of Lynchburg, Virginia, will be making pavement adjustments along this corridor and completing other punch-list items of work that will necessitate occasional lane reductions through the end of this year.”
    Doesn’t seem like it’s nearing completion….

  3. I guess you have been observing regularly how construction is going. Where do you park to observe or is your comment a result of just driving by?
    Do you own a business? Have you had trouble finding reliable workers? Do you think DOT was immune to the employment impact of Covid-19? Do you have any idea in the complexity of this road project?

    • I live off of this road and have for the past 11 years. I drive through it multiple times every day. DOT was not doing the work; English Construction was. Performance guarantees should have been put in place because the construction has caused an accident on that road almost daily. Yes, I’m aware of the complexity but it’s done daily all around the country. It’s not English’s first construction job and they knew exactly what they were getting into. They have pushed the end date 3 times now… If this were private construction, they would have been fired & replaced.

  4. Great news! At least for all those rich and important folk east of 70. Their THIRD WIDENING in 10 years! Meanwhile, the “poor white trash” over in Cleveland with homes valued under $500k continue to suffer – at least until the early 2030s, according to the DOT. Sure must be nice to have political ties and be able to pull strings.

  5. After seeing the explosive growth on 42E and other areas of Johnston County, it makes me wonder who stands to gain from all this. My guess: developers and county commissioners. Didn’t mean to be repetitive for they are the same folks. Perhaps make developers pay for road improvements first?

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