Lane Closures Next Week as Part of Project to Replace US 70/NC 50 bridge over US 401 in South Raleigh Friday, October 04, 2013

RALEIGH — Lane closures are planned for N.C. 50/U.S. 70/401 in south Raleigh next week, weather permitting, as a result of the N.C. Department of Transportation project to replace the U.S. 70/N.C. 50 bridge over U.S. 401. The planned closures are each expected to be in place from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. the next morning:

  • Monday, Oct. 7 - Two right lanes of N.C. 50/U.S. 401 South/U.S. 70 East will be closed just north of Chapanoke Road to allow a contractor to replace two overhead signs. The closure is expected to be in place from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Police will be on site to temporarily stop traffic to install one sign over the left two lanes.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 8 – The same lane closures will be in place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Wednesday, except they will go from just south of Chapanoke Road to just north of Tryon Road; and
  • Wednesday, Oct. 9 and Thursday, Oct. 10 – U.S. 70 East will be closed just past Tryon Road. Motorists will have short detour onto U.S. 401 South, then left onto Mechanical Boulevard back to U.S. 70 East. This closure is needed to install a new overhead bridge structure and remove the old structure. Police will be used to temporarily stop traffic during the actual installation and removal for safety reasons.
In addition, U.S. 401 North will be closed completely from 9 p.m.Friday, Oct. 11, until 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14, to allow the contractor to safely work on the new bridge. Motorists will have a very short detour, turning right on Mechanical Boulevard, and then left to get back on U.S. 70/N.C. 50 toward Raleigh.

Dane Construction Inc. of Mooresville was awarded a $3 million contract to replace the 61-year-old bridge, which is considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. That means it was still safe for travel, but had been in deteriorating condition and needed to be replaced, and that it was built to design standards no longer used.

The new bridge will have a higher clearance height over U.S, 401, and there will be wider shoulders on the roadway approaching the bridge. It will be on a new location just west of the current bridge. The new bridge is expected to be in place by Dec. 1, with additional vegetation work completed by May 30, 2014.

Because of the traffic volume through this intersection, almost all the work has been done at night, with no lane closures allowed on U.S. 401, U.S. 70 or Mechanical Boulevard between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays. The exceptions are when the roadway needs to be closed for safety reasons because of the work being done, which is the case next weekend.

This replacement project is part of the NCDOT’s state-funded bridge improvement program, which invests in preserving, repairing or replacing bridges statewide.

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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