NCDOT to Shift Traffic on U.S. 301 in Rocky Mount for Two Nights Starting Tonight - Crews to install girders for new bridge on Hunter Hill Road Monday, October 22, 2012

RALEIGH — Starting tonight at midnight, the N.C. Department of Transportation will shift traffic on U.S. 301 North in Rocky Mount into the southbound lanes of U.S. 301 at Home Depot Drive. Northbound traffic will be in a two-lane, two-way pattern with southbound traffic and will shift back to the lanes of U.S. 301 North at the Golden Corral Restaurant. The shift will remain in effect until 6 a.m. tomorrow and will be repeated Tuesday night at midnight and end at 6 a.m. on Wednesday.

The traffic shifts are necessary for crews with PLT Construction Co. of Wilson and Intercoastal Contracting Inc. of Castle Hayne to install girders for the new westbound bridge on Hunter Hill Road over the northbound lanes of U.S. 301. Crews installed girders over the southbound lanes of U.S. 301 in August.

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. 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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