RALEIGH - An N.C. Department of Transportation
project to improve the intersection of U.S. 401 and Simpkins Road near the
Raleigh-Garner line will result in a week-long closure of the U.S. 401 North
left-turn lane at the intersection, starting Monday, Oct. 21.
The closure is needed so the contractor can safely move the location
of a concrete median island to accommodate an extended left turn lane that will
be built. The turn lane is expected to be open again by Monday, Oct. 28.
The project also calls for adding a right-turn lane on U.S. 401 South
and some traffic signal upgrades.
The project is expected to improve the traffic flow at the
intersection, especially during the heavily-traveled morning and evening rush
hours. The new alignment should be in place by Nov. 12.
Because these roads are busy during rush hours, other than next week's
turn lane closure, the contractor is not allowed to close or narrow any lanes
on weekdays on:
- U.S. 401 North between 7 and 9
- U.S. 401 South between 3 and 7
- Simpkins Road between 7 and 9 a.m.,
and 3 and 7 p.m.
Lane closures are possible outside of those hours, so NCDOT reminds
motorists to watch for signs with 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.
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