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{mosimage}Work began on the much anticipated US HWY 70 bypass June 2005. It was scheduled to open in June 2009.

{mosimage}However, NCDOT recently released a new opening date - almost a full year ahead of schedule in August 2008. The four-lane, divided highway has been constructed to relieve congestion on existing U.S. 70 and provide motorists traveling to Raleigh or to the coast with an alternate route. 

Motorists traveling to I-40 through Clayton will have a faster and less congested route. The drought has contributed to the quick turn-around. Crews were able to work more than usual due to mild weather and lack of rain. NCDOT Engineer Corey McLamb states S.T. Wooten, the contractor used to complete the project, has been very aggressive with the project. The new interchange along I-40 will be Exit 309, with interchanges also at NC 42, Ranch Road, and of US 70 Business.