Peace Street Traffic Shift Goes Into Place as Part of Bridge Project Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Raleigh — Drivers who use Peace Street near Capital Boulevard in Raleigh will see a change in the traffic pattern, starting on Thursday morning. Work on the Peace Street portion of the Capital Boulevard bridges project will be gearing up, and that will require some changes between Glenwood Avenue and the ramp to Peace Street from southbound Capital Boulevard.

Working overnight tonight, crews will place that section into a single lane in each direction, with two exceptions. There will be a left turn lane so drivers on westbound Peace Street can turn onto North West Street. And westbound Peace Street returns to a two-lane pattern between North West Street and Glenwood Avenue.

The shift will enable crews to safely begin working on a culvert under the roadway in advance of building a new bridge for Capital Boulevard over Peace Street. The shift into one lane each way is scheduled to be in place for 300 days, taking it into early summer of 2018.

Drivers are urged to slow down and use caution when traveling through the area, and to anticipate some backups at times.

The bridge over Peace Street is 67 years old. Its replacement is part of a complete revamping of the interchange, with the current diamond-style interchange now in use replaced by a square loop shape interchange that will eliminate the ramp directly to Peace Street that currently exists. Instead, drivers will travel over the new bridge, and use Johnson Street and Harrington Street, which will be extended, to access Peace Street at a traffic light. There will also be bike lanes added along Peace Street between the interchange ramps, and sidewalks will be widened to 14 feet along Peace Street and most of the square loop.

It is part of a $36.9 million project that also puts a new bridge-ramp on Wade Avenue over Capital Boulevard. Work on that bridge, which is going in next to the current structure, has been underway for several months. Drivers going through that area are able to see the framework for the new bridge is already in place.

The Department of Transportation and the City of Raleigh are working together to ensure drivers are informed of potential traffic impacts, especially for the Peace Street work. Updated information will be available through a variety of means, including the project website, as well as through the department’s Triangle twitter feed.



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