Construction of the new Bojangles’ restaurant on the corner of Tommy’s Road and Wayne Memorial Drive is crawling toward completion.

After a month of sporadic rainstorms, Tillman Carter, with BoBuilders in Kinston, said construction is nearly complete. He said he hopes to finish construction near the end of April or first week of May.

“Everything is going pretty smooth except for Mother Nature raining all the time,” Carter said. “We’re just trying to finish the bricking.

“The inside is pretty much complete.”

After construction is completed, Bojangles’ will most likely take a week or two to train workers before opening, Carter said. The new restaurant is approximately 4,064 square feet and should open near mid-May.

“Most likely, they’ll open before Memorial Day,” Carter said.

In addition to the restaurant, Brad Mercer, director of real estate with McRae and Associates, said construction of a stormwater pond in the field adjacent to Bojangles’ is complete. McRae and Associates owns the land where the new Bojangles’ is located.

Carter said there are plans to spread the large pile of dirt dug out for the pond’s construction onto the outer parcels of land for future development.

Mercer confirmed the real estate company contacted businesses for development purposes. While Mercer could not say what businesses were contacted, he confirmed the company reached out to Cracker Barrel. No deals for development for any businesses have been made at this time, he said.

Allen Anderson, Goldsboro chief building inspector, also said that no other businesses besides Bojangles’ have submitted plans for development on the property.

Construction and development at the intersection of Wayne Memorial Drive and Tommy’s Road was initially met with controversy when discussion of constructing a new Bojangles’ came to a head in 2012. Goldsboro City Council heard a rezoning request to build the restaurant at that time after concerned citizens living near Tommy’s Road Elementary School opposed the construction.

Despite those concerns, a new Wal-Mart grocery store and gas station and an Alcoholic Beverage Control store were built in the area and adjacent to the elementary school.

A $14.4 million road widening project for Wayne Memorial Drive is set for 2021 to handle the increased traffic in the area.