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The real-time traffic info sign on US 70 east of Clayton told me that if I took the old 70 Business route through town, it would take 11-15 minutes to reach I-40 Exit 306.
It was 7:30 a.m. on a workday Thursday. The sign flickered and said 12-16 minutes, then toggled back and forth between that and the shorter time.
But how long would it take if I drove the Clayton Bypass -- the $123 million road that is supposed to make the morning drive faster?
The sign was supposed to show those numbers, too, to help drivers decide. But the sign is broken, along with most of the other smart info technology that was installed with this project (see today's Road Worrier column).
I chose the bypass. When I reached I-40, the traffic was mostly stop-and-roll north from Exit 309 to Exit 306.
Drive time to Exit 306: 23 minutes. Your minutes may vary.