Overnight Lane Closures on U.S. 70/N.C. 50 in South Raleigh This Week Monday, October 21, 2013

RALEIGH — Drivers using U.S.70/N.C. 50 overnight this week in south Raleigh could encounter some lane closures near its intersection with Mechanical Boulevard. There will also be a one or two night closure of U.S. 70 East, south of Tryon Road.

These traffic pattern changes are needed for the N.C. Department of Transportation project to replace the U.S. 70/N.C. 50 bridge over U.S. 401.

The lane closures will allow the contractor to install new traffic signals and set the cabling for those lights at the U.S. 70/N.C. 50/Mechanical Boulevard intersection. The closures could be in place any time between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. beginning tonight through Friday morning. Police will direct traffic through the intersection.

The U.S. 70 East closure is expected to be in place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Wednesday and/or Thursday night. Crews will do some paving work in preparation for an upcoming traffic shift. Police will also handle traffic control during that work, with vehicles detoured onto U.S. 401 South, then left onto Mechanical Road to return to U.S. 70 East.

Work on the $3 million project to replace the 61-year-old bridge began in late May, with the new structure expected to be in place by Dec. 1.

The old bridge was considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. It was still safe for travel, but was in deteriorating condition and needed to be replaced. It had also been built to design standards no longer used and was unable to handle the increasing volume of traffic in that area.

The new bridge will have a higher clearance height over U.S, 401, and there will be wider shoulders on the roadway approaching the bridge. It is on a new location just west of the current bridge.

Because of the traffic volume in this area, almost all the work has been done at night, with no lane closures allowed on U.S. 401, U.S. 70 or Mechanical Boulevard between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays. The exceptions are when the roadway needs to be closed for safety reasons because of the work being done.

This replacement project is part of the NCDOT’s state-funded bridge plan, which invests in preserving, repairing or replacing bridges statewide. For more information on this plan, visit our Bridge Improvement Program webpage.

NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. Updated travel information is also available by calling 511 or online at www.ncdot.gov/travel. In addition, NCDOT now offers travel information on Twitter.

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