CLAYTON, NC (WNCN) – After a series of delays Tuesday morning, Clayton city officials announced that a planned road closure for NC Highway 42 has been postponed until Wednesday.
The busy freeway was scheduled to close east of U.S. Route 70 Business for railroad track repairs at 5 a.m. Tuesday, but delays by the Norfolk Southern Railway pushed that back to late morning or early afternoon, Clayton officials said.
After announcing the delay, officials announced that the closure would be lifted entirely on Tuesday based on a decision by the railways.
“Norfolk Southern made the decision late this morning to postpone the closure of Highway 42,” city spokesman Nathanael Shelton said in a news release. “We have been told the closure will take place tomorrow morning.”
Unfortunately, a route intended to be used as a detour for the NC 42 closure is the road that Norfolk Southern would instead close today.
“Instead, they have decided to close Powhatan Road today,” Shelton said. “This created numerous communication issues for us as one of the detours we created for today involved using the Powhatan Road.”
The level crossing at NC 42 near US 70 Business is now scheduled to close at 5 a.m. Wednesday.
In the release, Shelton apologized for the delay and confusion.
“Unfortunately, we have no control over the railways or their projects. We have to rely on the communication they give us,” he said. “All I can do is sincerely apologize to everyone.”
https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-news/johnston-county-news/after-multiple-delays-nc-42-in-clayton-to-now-close-wednesday-morning-officials/ After several delays, NC-42 at Clayton is now closing on Wednesday morning