Johnston County

News Briefs: Dec. 13

U.S. 70 project entering next phase

Starting this next week, crews will begin a new section of a project designed to improve traffic along U.S. 70 between Selma and Princeton.

Late on Dec. 13, the N.C. Department of Transportation will begin closing Stevens Chapel Road/Davis Mill Road at the intersection with U.S. 70. The road will close by the morning of Monday, Dec. 14. U.S. 70 will remain open to traffic.

This closure will allow crews to begin converting this intersection into an interchange by building a bridge that will carry Stevens Chapel Road/Davis Mill Road over U.S. 70, with ramps providing access for traffic in all directions between the two roads.

During the closure, traffic will follow a detour using Peedin Road/Creech’s Mill Road to access both sides of U.S. 70. Also, the median crossover on U.S. 70 at this location will be closed. Drivers on U.S. 70 wanting to turn left on either Stevens Chapel Road or Davis Mill Road, depending on their direction, will have to continue to the next median crossover, make a U-turn on U.S. 70 and then turn right on either road.

An average of more than 29,000 vehicles use U.S. 70 through this area daily. This is expected to increase to 45,000 by 2035. Currently, traffic on Stevens Chapel Road/Davis Mill Road crossing U.S. 70 has to stop and wait for traffic to clear before crossing. An interchange will separate traffic on Stevens Chapel Road/Davis Mill Road from traffic on U.S. 70, reducing the risk of crossover accidents.

In addition to building an interchange at this location, the $16.7-million project includes building an interchange at the intersection of U.S. 70 Business/Peedin Road Extension at U.S. 70. This work began in July.

By closing the road to traffic at these locations, the DOT is able to expedite the overall construction time of these interchanges by six months to a year. All work is expected to wrap up by July 2017.

To help eliminate the possibility of crossover accidents at other locations in this area, crews will remove the existing median crossovers on U.S. 70 at Firetower Road, Peedin Road/Creech’s Mill Road and Pine Street. Traffic on these routes will be able to turn right onto U.S. 70; however, they will have to turn right, proceed to the next break in the median and make a U-turn in order to turn left onto U.S. 70.

Clayton police seek wayward driver

Clayton police have charged the driver they think slammed his Jeep Cherokee into the Handi Mart at 10419 U.S. 70 Business just before 10 p.m. Dec. 4.

George Stanton Ribar, 38, of Damon Street in Clayton faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident and driving while his license was revoked. At his home, police found a damaged Jeep Cherokee under a tarp in a garage.

Olive appointed to Funeral Service Board

N.C. President Pro-Tem Phil Berger has appointed Johnston County Registrar of Deeds Craig Olive to the N.C. Funeral Service Board.

The board is responsible for the administration and regulation of the funeral-service profession in North Carolina. The board reviews applications, administers examinations, licenses qualified applicants and regulates the professional practice of the licensees throughout the State. The board is also responsible for hearings on misconduct.

“I consider it an honor to be appointed to serve on the Board of Funeral Service,” Olive said. “Register of deeds across the state work closely with funeral homes to ensure death certificates are recorded promptly and properly.”


A story in the Dec. 6 Smithfield Herald incorrectly stated that Charles Williams was the lone black member of the Smithfield Town Council. Marlon Lee represents East Smithfield on the Town Council.