Removal of Hillsborough Street Bridge over Western Boulevard begins Saturday Friday, December 7, 2012

RALEIGH — Permanent changes for the intersection of Western Boulevard, Hillsborough Street and Jones Franklin Road in west Raleigh will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, weather permitting. The N.C. Department of Transportation will close eastbound Hillsborough Street at that intersection location so a contractor can begin removing the bridge over Western Boulevard.

The work is the start of a $2.7 million project awarded to Fred Smith Co. of Raleigh to tear down the bridge, eliminate the curved roadway at that location, and re-align Hillsborough Street so it has a right-angle 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 needs to be replaced.
Drivers going east on Western Boulevard who had been using the bridge to access Hillsborough Street will instead stay on Western Boulevard, then turn left at Blue Ridge Road to get back to Hillsborough Street. The detour will remain in effect until the new intersection is complete next September.

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 while construction is under way. Lane closures will also not be allowed during nearby special events at the State Fairgrounds, PNC Arena, WakeMed Soccer Park and Carter-Finley Stadium.

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