NCDOT to Shift Traffic on U.S. 301 in Rocky Mount for Three Nights Starting Tonight - Crews to start installing girders for new bridges on Hunter Hill Road Tuesday, August 28, 2012

RALEIGH — Starting tonight, the N.C. Department of Transportation will shift traffic on U.S. 301 South in Rocky Mount into the northbound lanes of U.S. 301 between the crossover near Golden Corral Restaurant and Home Depot Drive for three nights between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., weather permitting. The final traffic shift will end at 6 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 31.

The traffic shifts are necessary for crews with PLT Construction Co. to install girders for the new bridges on Hunter Hill Road over the southbound lanes of U.S. 301. Southbound traffic will shift into the northbound lanes in a two-lane, two-way pattern. Dates for installation of the girders over U.S. 301 North have not been finalized at this time.

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

During the widening project, through traffic on Hunter Hill Road is taking Country Club Road, turning 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.

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