Hunter Hill Road Widening Project Update - Crews continue work on eastbound bridge and shift traffic later this week Wednesday, May 29, 2013

RALEIGH — After months of hard work, motorists in Rocky Mount will begin to notice more changes this week as the N.C. Department of Transportation takes additional steps in the widening of Hunter Hill Road.

Starting today, crews will begin the first of three concrete pours for the eastbound bridge on Hunter Hill Road over U.S. 301. Weather permitting, it will take crews approximately two weeks to complete all three pours. Once the pours are complete, crews will then have to finish constructing other items on the bridge, build curb and gutter on either side of the bridge, paint traffic stripes and install permanent signage throughout the project before opening the bridge to traffic later this summer.

Starting the morning of Friday, May 31, each direction of traffic on Hunter Hill Road between Country Club Road and Kirby Drive, currently in a two-lane, two-way pattern in the westbound lanes, will be separated onto the east and westbound sides of the road. Crews will direct vehicles into the outside lanes of each direction of Hunter Hill Road. The inside lanes will remain closed to allow crews to continue work on the median. The shift will be put into place by noon.

This work 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 project includes widening the two-lane road to four lanes divided by a median and replacing the bridge on Hunter Hill Road over U.S. 301 with two bridges.

A $9.7 million contract was awarded in April 2011 to PLT Construction Co. of Wilson for the work. The project has a completion date of December; however, crews are currently working towards having the project complete late this summer, weather permitting.

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

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