Bridge Preservation Work Means Fairview Road Closure in Raleigh Starting Oct. 10 Tuesday, October 01, 2013

RALEIGH Motorists who use the Fairview Road Bridge over southbound Capital Boulevard just north of downtown Raleigh will soon have a smoother ride. A start date of Thursday, Oct. 10, has been set for a N.C. Department of Transportation bridge preservation project to replace the concrete roadway, make substructure repairs and repaint the 53-year-old bridge.

A contractor will use high-powered jets of water to remove the deteriorated concrete from the roadway. It will be replaced by a layer of latex-modified concrete, which will help the bridge last longer by sealing and protecting the deck and substructure from water damage. It will also provide a smoother riding surface for vehicles.

The work will require the closure of the bridge for 35 days, with the re-opening scheduled for Nov. 13.

Motorists traveling north on Capital Boulevard to use the left lane exit onto Fairview Road will instead be directed to exit onto Wade Avenue, and turn onto Glenwood Avenue to access Fairview. Southbound Fairview Road drivers will turn right onto a service road that parallels Fairview , and then turn left to get on Capital Boulevard.

Work on the bridge will also mean possible lane closures for southbound Capital Boulevard traffic. Because it is such a heavily-traveled commuter and business route, closures will not be allowed between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. during weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Sundays.

The bridge work is part of a $2.1 million contract awarded American Contracting & Services Inc. of Jeffersonville, Ind. to also do similar improvements for four other bridges on Buffalo Road, U.S. 64 Business and Wade Avenue. It is part of the DOT’s

State-Funded Bridge Improvement Program to improve the overall condition of the state’s bridges. The Department is investing $810 million over four years to extend the life of existing bridges through preservation or rehabilitation work when possible.

NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. Updated travel information is also available by calling 511 or online at www.ncdot.gov/travel. In addition, NCDOT now offers travel information on Twitter.

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