Forum to answer questions about overhaul of I-40/NC 42 in Johnston County

People who live or work in the Cleveland community can learn more about the planned reconstruction of the Interstate 40 interchange with N.C. 42 at a public meeting Tuesday evening.

The Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce has organized the forum with representatives of the companies that are carrying out the work. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at Westview Elementary School, 11755 Cleveland Road.

The chamber wanted to give people a chance to hear first-hand about the project, the construction schedule and the state’s acquisition of right-of-way. Questions about the forum can be directed to chamber president M’Lea Peak by email at

The N.C. Department of Transportation is overhauling the N.C. 42 interchange as part of a larger project to widen an 11-mile stretch of I-40 from Raleigh to Cleveland. Plans include a new traffic pattern at N.C. 42 that gives drivers the option of getting on or off at nearby Cleveland Road.

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