Clayton Bypass change to become permanent

Posted January 19, 2012

— A lane shift designed to ease congestion on Interstate 40 in Johnston County is working so well that the North Carolina Department of Transportation plans to make it permanent. On Sunday, workers will re-stripe the lanes on I-40 westbound at U.S. Highway 70 (the Clayton Bypass) to eliminate a lane. Traffic flow map On-Time Traffic: Maps, speed data any time

Since September, cones and barrels have marked the temporary fix, a move DOT says has resulted in drivers merging more quickly from the bypass onto I-40. Initial reports on the trial were positive. 

"(We) love it. It has made our commute much faster each day," Robert and Amanda Willis told WRAL News in December.

Traffic is a little slower approaching the Clayton Bypass on westbound I-40, DOT spokesman Steve Abbott said, but in the merge area itself, the change has improved traffic flow.

"Overall, the trip is shorter and faster," he said.


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  • jbpd-tarpack Jan 25, 2012

    I wish that NC DOT would apply the funds needed for the paint job to what is needed to make three lanes all the way to the 70 Business merge! The engineers that planned the entrance to the by-pass seemed to forget that the cars that enter need driving space as well! Every morning it is backed up now and will continue to get worse. I haven't heard of any plan to handle the increasing number of cars!

  • Warren G. is back Jan 23, 2012

    I witnessed a number of engineers viewing the traffic from the bridges in the area first hand, so get off of your high horse. The problems with this area were the imbeciles that used the merge lanes as passing lanes. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what sort of problems these losers cause everyone. I have a name for these people but I cannot say it here.

  • Road-wearier Jan 20, 2012

    "Just get in the lane that ends and pace with the non-ending lanes traffic. Speeds things up amazingly!"

    Illegal. You're impeding the free flow of traffic and are liable to get a moving citation for stunts like that.

  • Road-wearier Jan 20, 2012

    "No no, you can't use THAT LANE. We're saving it for GOOD -- for when company comes."

    And this is why we can't have anything nice.... :)

  • ajpettitt Jan 20, 2012

    I ride this area daily, and for 30 days I also rode 540 from Knightdale to I-40. the problem is not the lanes, but the lack of lanes after the merge, 540 has 3 to 5 lanes in the area between Knightdale and I-40, and no nearly as much traffic as the area of i-40 from hwy 42(EXIT 312) to US 70 BUSINESS (EXIT 306)the area from 42 to 70 should have at least 3 full lanes not 2. but Johnston county and clayton/garner don't have a bunch of yankees who whine and cry about the traffic, like Durham, Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest and Knightdale.

  • sammysmom Jan 20, 2012

    I agree. The lane shift is a big improvement, though not perfect. And of course, any accident will cause delays -- just like this morning.

  • suzanf Jan 20, 2012

    No no, you can't use THAT LANE. We're saving it for GOOD -- for when company comes.

  • prisskat Jan 20, 2012

    It works so well that today it took me over an hour to get to work instead of the normal 25-30 min. The extra lane is needed (on the left not the right) espcially when there are wrecks (which is almost daily in that spot)

  • carlospagan5186 Jan 20, 2012

    Funny, I thought the extra lane was for when 540 goes through that intersection eventually. The biggest improvement to the area is going to be 540 diverting traffic around the city and away from 440.

  • cherokee43v6 Jan 20, 2012

    The problem was never the extra lane, the problem was that they added the extra lane on the right instead of the left. Most drivers are sheep, they'll stay in line behind the car in front of them, so when the lane was added, the slower traffic, instead of moving right, stayed in their lane. This caused the impatient drivers to dive to the right and fly up on the merging traffic.

    If they kept the same current traffic pattern, added back in the lane on the LEFT and had that lane and the one beside it continue out other end they would have the optimal solution (at least until they realize they need to add another lane to 70 at Garner). Not that they're bright enough to figure that out at the DOT.