NCDOT to Shift Traffic to New Westbound Lanes of Hunter Hill Road in Rocky Mount Wednesday - New eastbound lanes to be constructed from Country Club Road to the bridge over U.S. 301 Monday, July 30, 2012

RALEIGH — Starting Wednesday morning, the N.C. Department of Transportation will shift traffic onto the new westbound lanes of Hunter Hill Road in Rocky Mount between Country Club Road and Kirby Drive.

This traffic shift is part of a project to widen 1.4 miles of Hunter Hill Road in Rocky Mount from Country Club Road to N.C. 43/48 (Benvenue Road).  NCDOT awarded a $9.7 million contract in April 2011 to PLT Construction Co. to widen the two-lane road to four lanes divided by a median, as well as replace the bridge on Hunter Hill Road over U.S. 301 with two bridges. Crews began construction in summer 2011 and should be finished by the end of 2013. Photos of the Hunter Hill Road widening project can be found on the NCDOT Flickr page.

Kirby Drive reopened to traffic at Hunter Hill Road on Wednesday, July 25 after being closed for three weeks while crews paved the new westbound lanes of Hunter Hill Road and changed the elevation of Kirby Drive so it would meet the same elevation as Hunter Hill Road.

Once traffic is shifted to the westbound lanes, crews will then begin widening and paving the new eastbound lanes of Hunter Hill Road. Construction of the eastbound lanes is tentatively scheduled to be complete by early winter. Upon completion of the eastbound lanes, crews will have to go back and place the final layer of asphalt on the westbound lanes, install pavement markings and pour the rest of the median curb and gutter.

Through traffic on Hunter Hill Road will take Country Club Road, turn right on Jeffrey’s Road and then right on Benvenue Road (N.C. 43/48) back to Hunter Hill Road.

NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter.  Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.


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