Clayton Bypass Construction Slows I-40 East

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JOHNSTON COUNTY, N.C. — Highway construction is putting the brakes on travel just outside the Triangle, where a three-mile section of Interstate 40 East is reduced to one lane this weekend.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation temporarily closed the inside lane on eastbound I-40 between exit 306 and exit 312 until 6 a.m. Sunday.

Workers are paving the inside lanes near the Wake/Johnston County lines as part of the Clayton Bypass project between Highway 70 and State Road 42. The $123 million project is expected to be complete in June 2009.

Motorists traveling east on I-40 in that area should expect heavy delays during the lane closure.

On Friday, local drivers said they plan to avoid the area.

“The back roads, the country roads, those are the roads I'll be on,” said driver Chris Carroll.

Recommended alternatives to get around this section of I-40 East are Highway 70 and Highway 50. Drivers can expect more lane shifts throughout the summer as work continues on the Clayton Bypass.

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