National groups honor Clayton Bypass

Posted September 8, 2009 6:17 p.m. EDT

— The Clayton Bypass on U.S. Highway 70 is earning kudos on the national stage.

Three national transportation organizations named the $123 million highway one of the nation's Top 10 road projects for on-time completion last year.

The four-lane, 11-mile stretch of U.S. 70, from the Wake-Johnston county line to near Smithfield, opened in June 2008, more than a year ahead of schedule.

A panel of judges evaluated 50 highway projects from 33 states to get the finalists. Independent judges will now decide if the bypass earns the grand prize, which will be announced in October.