Starting Tuesday, April 23, at 10 p.m., the N.C. Department of Transportation
will shift traffic on U.S. 301 North in Rocky Mount to the southbound lanes of U.S. 301 at Home Depot Drive. Northbound traffic will be in a two-lane, two-way pattern with southbound traffic and will shift back to the northbound lanes at the crossover at the Golden Corral Restaurant. The shift will remain in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, weather permitting. The shift is necessary for crews to install the remaining girders for the new eastbound bridge on Hunter Hill Road over the northbound lanes of U.S. 301. The westbound bridge opened to traffic earlier this month with both directions of traffic crossing the bridge in a two-lane, two-way pattern. If crews are unable to complete this work by Wednesday morning, another closure will go into effect that night at 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. Thursday, April 25.This bridge is part of a larger project to widen 1.4 miles of Hunter Hill Road from Country Club Road to N.C. 43/48 (Benvenue Road). The project includes widening the two-lane road to four lanes divided by a median and replacing the bridge on Hunter Hill Road over U.S. 301 with two bridges. In addition to constructing the eastbound bridge, several other items must be finished before the project is complete. Sidewalks must be installed along Hunter Hill Road and the median between the eastbound and westbound lanes of traffic has to be completed. Signalized intersections will be updated on Hunter Hill Road at Country Club Road, Kirby Drive and N.C. 43/48 (Benvenue Road) to accommodate the new lanes of traffic. A break in the median will also be installed at McDearman Avenue. A $9.7 million contract was awarded in April 2011 to PLT Construction Co. of Wilson for the work. The project has a completion date of December; however, crews are currently working towards having the project complete by this summer, weather permitting.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.