Bridge Preservation Work Means Lane Closure on Southbound Capital Boulevard Wednesday, October 16, 2013

RALEIGH — A bridge preservation project on the Fairview Road bridge over southbound Capital Boulevard has resulted in the closure of a short stretch of the exit lane for Wade Avenue at the bridge. The closure just north of downtown Raleigh is expected to be in place for a few days. Motorists can still access the ramp onto Wade Avenue south of the bridge, as well as the ramp onto Fairview Road. A contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation began work earlier this month to replace the concrete bridge deck, make substructure repairs and repaint the 53-year-old bridge. The work includes the use of high-powered jets of water to remove the deteriorated concrete. 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 refurbished bridge is expected to re-open by Nov. 13. Motorists traveling north on Capital Boulevard who have used 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. 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. ***NCDOT***
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