Westbound Bridge on Hunter Hill Road over U.S. 301 in Rocky Mount to Open to Traffic This Afternoon - Bridge part of Hunter Hill Road widening project Thursday, April 4, 2013

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation will open the new westbound bridge on Hunter Hill Road over U.S. 301 in Rocky Mount to traffic this afternoon. Both directions of traffic will be able to cross the bridge in a temporary two-lane, two-way pattern.

This bridge is part of a larger project to widen 1.4 miles of Hunter Hill Road from Country Club Road to N.C. 43/48 (Benvenue Road). The two-lane road is being widened to four lanes divided by a median, and the bridge on Hunter Hill Road over U.S. 301 is being replaced with two bridges.

Once the westbound bridge is open, crews will continue work on the new eastbound bridge over U.S. 301. Sidewalks will be installed along Hunter Hill Road and the median between the eastbound and westbound lanes of traffic will be completed. Signalized intersections will be updated on Hunter Hill Road at Country Club Road, Kirby Drive and N.C. 43/48 (Benvenue Road) to accommodate the new lanes of traffic. A break in the median will also be installed at McDearman Avenue. The project is currently ahead of schedule and, weather permitting, should be complete later this summer.

A $9.7 million contract was awarded in April 2011 to PLT Construction Co. for the project. NCDOT closed the bridge over U.S. 301 to traffic in February 2012.

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

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