RALEIGH - A section of U.S. 401 North will be closed this weekend in south
Raleigh as part of the N.C. Department of
Transportation project to replace the U.S.
70/N.C. 50 bridge over U.S. 401.
The closure will be in place from 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17 until 6
a.m. on Monday, Oct. 20, weather permitting, to allow the contractor to
complete work on the new bridge structure.
Motorists will have a very short detour, turning right on Mechanical
Boulevard, and then left to get back on U.S. 70/401/N.C. 50 toward Raleigh.
Dane Construction Inc. of Mooresville was awarded a $3 million contract
in April 2013 to replace the 61-year-old bridge, and work began in late May.
The bridge was considered structurally deficient and functionally
obsolete. That means it was still safe for travel, but had been in deteriorating
condition and needed to be replaced, and that it was built to design standards
no longer used. The new bridge will have a higher clearance height over U.S,
401, and there will be wider shoulders on the roadway approaching the bridge.
It will be on a new location just west of the current bridge.
The new bridge is expected to be open for travel by Dec. 1, with
additional vegetation work completed by May 30, 2014.
Because of the traffic volume through this intersection, almost all
the work has been done at night, with no lane closures allowed on U.S. 401,
U.S. 70 or Mechanical Boulevard between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Mondays through
Saturdays, and between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays. The exceptions are when
the roadway needs to be closed for safety reasons because of the work being
done, such as the upcoming weekend.
This replacement project is part of the NCDOT's state-funded bridge
plan, which invests in preserving, repairing or replacing bridges statewide.
For more information on this plan, visit our Bridge Improvement Program webpage.
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.