Etheridge announces grant for Smithfield Crosing

Raleigh -— U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge today announced that Smithfield Crossings will receive a nearly $1 million grant for road improvements.

This project will create jobs in our community, improve local quality-of-life and the business climate, and make the roads safer. The road improvements include both new and upgraded facilities, including traffic signals, signage and other infrastructure enhancements.

“This is great news for the people of Johnston County,” said Etheridge. “Improving these roads means jobs today and in the future. It will improve the quality-of-life of everyone who lives, works, or shops near Smithfield Crossings.”

Etheridge worked with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to secure the funding. The grant will be made through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Interstate Maintenance Discretionary Fund. Specifically, the funding pays for safety improvements for a much-used road crossing in Smithfield at the I-95 and U.S. 70 Business interchange.

“I am grateful for Congressman Etheridge’s efforts to help get Smithfield’s number one project for improving local commerce and expanding economic development up and underway,” said Smithfield Mayor Daniel Evans. “This project is vital for community growth and job creation as we continue to improve our infrastructure, and I am thankful for Congressman Etheridge’s work in bringing jobs to our community.”

The funding will improve safety in Smithfield for the more than 50,000 motorists that use the crossing daily. The project has the support of multiple organizations at the local level that will collaborate on its completion, including the Town of Smithfield, Johnston County, Johnston Community College, the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce, the Johnston County Visitors Bureau and the NC Department of Transportation.

“Keeping folks safe on our highways and railways is an important responsibility, and I will continue to fight to improve infrastructure and create jobs,” said Etheridge.