The N.C. Department of Transportation
and PLT Construction Co. are preparing to take the next steps in the Hunter Hill Road widening project in Rocky Mount. Starting Monday, July 9, Kirby Drive will be closed at Hunter Hill Road for approximately three to four weeks, weather permitting. This closure is part of a project to widen 1.4 miles of Hunter Hill Road in Rocky Mount from Country Club Road to N.C. 43/48 (Benvenue Road). NCDOT awarded a $9.7 million contract in April 2011 to PLT Construction Co. to widen the two-lane road to four lanes divided by a median, as well as replace the bridge on Hunter Hill Road over U.S. 301 with two bridges. Crews began construction in summer 2011 and should be done by the end of 2013. Photos of the Hunter Hill Road widening project can be found on the NCDOT Flickr page.Plans for the Hunter Hill Road widening project include a curve at Kirby Drive. In order to accommodate the banking needed for the curve, the elevation of Kirby Drive at Hunter Hill Road must be lowered so it can tie into the new westbound lanes. Closing Kirby Drive at Hunter Hill Road for this work will keep crews and motorists safe by preventing crews from having to work next to traffic, and keeping motorists from having to drive through a work zone. While work is taking place on Kirby Drive, crews will also begin paving the new westbound lanes of Hunter Hill Road starting at Country Club Road and heading east to the bridges over U.S. 301 that are currently under construction. By the time paving crews reach Kirby Drive, the elevation of Kirby Drive will meet the new pavement for Hunter Hill Road. Traffic wanting to access Kirby Drive will take Country Club Road, turn right on Jeffrey's Road and then right on Kirby Drive.Kirby Drive was also part of a detour for the bridge closure on Hunter Hill Road over U.S. 301. Through traffic on Hunter Hill Road will now take Country Club Road, turn right on Jeffrey's Road and then right on Benvenue Road (N.C. 43/48) back to Hunter Hill Road.NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type "m.ncdot.gov" into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.