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.