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FAYETTEVILLE –The N.C. Department of Transportation is spending more than $2 million to improve highway access to a new food processing plant set to open this year in Cumberland County.

Campbell Soup Co. and DHL Supply Chain are investing more than $40 million in a new plant that will employ 140 people at the Cedar Creek Road Business Center, an office park in Fayetteville off Interstate 95. Gov. Roy Cooper announced the project in December 2017.

Several state and local agencies worked together to promote the economic expansion. For its part, the N.C. Department of Transportation is improving Clark West Road, which intersects Evans Dairy Road and N.C. 53 (Cedar Creek Road) on either side of the business park.

NCDOT last month awarded a $2.2 million contract to Highland Paving Co. of Fayetteville to resurface a portion of Clark West Road and extend it to serve the new plant. Additionally, the department is spending about $100,000 under a separate contract to install a traffic signal at Clark West Road and N.C. 53 to safely accommodate the new traffic the company will bring.

The traffic signal will be operating by February, when work on the road improvements will start. The road work will be completed by this fall.