NCDOT Bridge Replacement Project May Increase Vehicle Traffic on Popular Bike Route; Cyclists, Motorists Urged to Share the Road Safely Wednesday, August 08, 2012

RALEIGH — A project to replace a bridge on Green Level Church Road in west Cary is detouring traffic to a route popular with cyclists, and the N.C. Department of Transportation reminds motorists and cyclists alike to be aware of one another and share the road safely during this time.

Green Level Church Road will be closed between Green Level West and Roberts roads until next April. To get around the construction, motorists are being detoured to Green Level West Road, Wimberly Road and Jenks Road.

A portion of the offsite detour involves the NCDOT Mountains to Sea Bike Route #2 on High House Road and Green Level West Road, a distance of about 11 miles through Cary. The route appears on Cary’s Town Bike and Hike Map. Green Level West Road is also a key link to the American Tobacco Trail which traverses the Triangle region.

Additionally, it should be noted that the western end of the White Oak Creek Greenway will be closed during the bridge replacement project. Information about the greenway closure is available on the Town of Cary’s website.

NCDOT reminds travelers that bicycles are considered vehicles in North Carolina, and have the same rights and responsibilities on the road. The following tips can help ensure that motorists and cyclists share the road safely:

Motorists

·         Slow down and stay alert when passing a cyclist, and leave 2-5 feet of space.

·         Don’t pass a cyclist if you will be making a right turn immediately afterward – bicycles can travel up to 25 mph and can approach quickly.

·         Yield to oncoming bicyclists when turning left at an intersection, just as you would a car.

Cyclists

·         Obey all traffic signs and signals including stopping at stop signs and waiting at red lights.

·         Ride as close to the right side of the road as practicable, unless avoiding a hazard.

·         Use proper hand signals to indicate when you’re turning.

For more information about the Green Level Church Road bridge replacement project, click here.

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