Look for Lane Closures/Detours as Work Connected to the New U.S. 70/N.C. 50 Bridge in South Raleigh Continues This Week Wednesday, March 12, 2014

RALEIGH — The new U.S. 70/N.C. 50 bridge over U.S. 401 in south Raleigh opened late last year, but there are still some finishing touches going on this week. And that means there will be some overnight lane closures and detours for the $3 million project.

Tonight from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. on Thursday, crews will be paving and putting temporary striping onto southbound U.S. 401. That will require a detour sending vehicles onto U.S. 70 East, and then Mechanical Boulevard to get back onto U.S. 401. The next night the same work will be done on U.S. 70 East from the start of the project to the new bridge, and possibly from the bridge on to Mechanical Boulevard. The detour in place overnight has vehicles using U.S. 401 South and Mechanical Boulevard. If crews can’t complete that work on Thursday night, it will be continued Friday night.

The final step in regard to paving work and striping on U.S. 401 North would wrap up this weekend, with traffic detoured to Mechanical Boulevard and westbound U.S. 70.

All work is weather conditional.

Once the paving is completed, crews still have to do vegetation work and install thermo and snow plowable traffic markers on the roadway.

Drivers need to be alert for lane closures.  NCDOT also reminds motorists to watch for signs with construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

The project replaced a 61-year-old structure with a new bridge with higher clearance height over U.S. 401, wider shoulders on the roadway approaching the bridge, and in a new location just west of the old bridge.

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

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