Contract Awarded to Tear Down a Hillsborough Street Bridge and Realign its Intersection with Western Boulevard Wednesday, November 07, 2012

RALEIGH — Motorists who travel through the intersection of Western Boulevard, Hillsborough Street and Jones Franklin Road in west Raleigh will see some major changes coming. Work can start as early as Nov. 26 on a $2.7 million contract awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation to Fred Smith Co. of Raleigh to tear down the eastbound Hillsborough Street bridge over westbound Western Boulevard and eliminate the curved roadway at that location. Hillsborough Street will be realigned and have a right-angle level-grade intersection with Western Boulevard.

The 70-year-old bridge being demolished is considered functionally obsolete and structurally deficient. It remains safe, but was not built to current design standards and is unable to properly handle the volume of traffic it now carries. It also requires continual maintenance and needed to be replaced.

The plans also call for the addition of sidewalks on all three roads.

The roadway portion of the project is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 1, 2013. Vegetation work is expected to wrap up by Feb. 28, 2014.

Since these are busy commuter and commercial routes for the area, the contractor will not be allowed to close lanes on either Western Boulevard or Hillsborough Street during heavier traffic periods such as rush hour. Lane closures will also not be allowed during nearby special events at the State Fairgrounds, PNC Arena and Carter-Finley Stadium.

This is one of 15 contracts totaling $73.6 million awarded by Conti in October for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina. NCDOT awarded the contracts to the lowest bidders, as required by state law. The bids received on the projects awarded came in about 9.1 percent, or $7.4 million, below NCDOT estimates.

Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 727 highway contracts totaling $5 billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to jobs and educational opportunities. Gov. Perdue continues to support immediate jobs in the construction sector and the goal of ensuring that our transportation network facilitates access to jobs, education and healthcare for the future.

For more information about funding for infrastructure improvements in North Carolina, as well as other NCDOT projects and activities, visit www.ncdot.gov.

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