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Traffic on Elizabeth Street/U.S. 158 in Elizabeth City to Shift Saturday Night - Shift part of project to reconstruct U.S. 158

RALEIGH - Starting this weekend, N.C. Department of Transportation crews will take another step forward in the reconstruction of Elizabeth Street/U.S. 158 in Elizabeth City.During the night of Saturday, Aug. 24, crews from NCDOT and Archer Western Contractors, Ltd. of Atlanta, Ga. will shift traffic in a two-lane, two-way pattern between the eastbound and westbound lanes of Elizabeth Street/U.S. 158 between North Road Street and Water Street. A map showing the exact locations of the traffic shifts is attached to this release.This pattern will be in place until November when crews plan to shift traffic from west of McMorrine Street to east of Poindexter Street into the westbound lanes, putting all traffic between North Road Street and Water Street in the westbound lanes. This traffic shift is part of the project to reconstruct Elizabeth Street/U.S. 158 between Water Street and North Road Street, as well as replace the eastbound drawbridge bridge over the Pasquotank River. By shifting traffic, crews will be able to work on reconstructing the eastbound lanes of the road without shutting down the entire road to traffic. Once traffic is shifted, lanes in front of Sheep Harney Elementary School will reopen in time for school starting on Monday. Due to the traffic shift, motorists wanting to access businesses on Elliot Street and Poole Street will use Harney Street, W. Colonial Avenue and Water Street while the shift is in place.The road reconstruction and bridge replacement project is currently on schedule for completion in June 2015, with the new eastbound bridge opening to traffic in summer 2014. All traffic is currently using the westbound bridge in a two-lane, two-way pattern.Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect delays.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.

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2/19/2018 7:50 AM