N.C. 24 work brings delays


On Friday morning, prep work for N.C. 24 improvements will result in closed roads and traffic delays around the U.S. 421 overpass at Sunset Avenue, prompting a word of warning from the City of Clinton to motorists.

“Tomorrow morning, N.C. DOT contractors will be boring and digging on in-bound Sunset Avenue (N.C. 24) near the overpass, between the 421 on-ramp and the overpass,” City manager Shawn Purvis stated. “They will need to close lanes and adjust the traffic pattern in this area.”

The work is set to begin at 9 a.m. Friday and run into the early afternoon.

“We are encouraging drivers to seek alternate routes and avoid the area if possible,” the city manager noted.

As the N.C. 24 construction gets closer to the Clinton city limits, officials with the city and DOT have been in regular contact regarding road updates. City engineer Russell Byrd said last week that water and sewer work along N.C. 24, which would serve as a prelude to the widening project, was “imminent.”

“They plan to begin water and sewer work along N.C. 24 beginning from the western city limits moving eastward the week of May 18. So that work is imminent,” Byrd told the board. “They will primarily be working outside the roadway although I’m sure there will be some encroachment into the roadway with that construction going on.”

Actual road construction within the city limits, including widening and paving, is projected to start in late winter, around February 2016, Byrd noted.

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