Traffic shift aims to shorten travel time near Clayton Bypass
Posted September 14, 2011
Updated September 21, 2011
Clayton, N.C. — The North Carolina Department of Transportation began a traffic pattern test Wednesday morning on I-40 West near the Clayton Bypass in an effort to improve travel time and safety. The test, which shifted traffic one lane to the right and eliminated one lane, created delays on I-40W early Wednesday. By late morning, however, some of those backups had eased.
The traffic shift eliminates the third lane that motorists have been using to pass backed up traffic during heavy volume times. Vehicles attempting to merge back into I-40 West traffic from the third lane have been creating additional delays. Engineers hope that the new pattern will improve traffic flow despite closing a lane in that stretch of I-40.
Traffic will shift back to the existing alignment as the third lane ends. The test, which will last about six weeks, could become the permanent pattern if traffic flow improves. North Carolina Department of Transportation workers put portable signs on I-40 West and the Clayton Bypass this week to direct traffic in that area.