RALEIGH - The new U.S.
70/N.C. 50 bridge over U.S. 401 in south Raleigh opened late last year, but
there are still some finishing touches going on this week. And that means there
will be some overnight lane closures and detours for the $3 million project.
Tonight from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. on Thursday, crews will be paving and
putting temporary striping onto southbound U.S. 401. That will require a detour
sending vehicles onto U.S. 70 East, and then Mechanical Boulevard to get back
onto U.S. 401. The next night the same work will be done on U.S. 70 East from
the start of the project to the new bridge, and possibly from the bridge on to
Mechanical Boulevard. The detour in place overnight has vehicles using U.S. 401
South and Mechanical Boulevard. If crews can't complete that work on Thursday
night, it will be continued Friday night.
The final step in regard to paving work and striping on U.S. 401 North
would wrap up this weekend, with traffic detoured to Mechanical Boulevard and
westbound U.S. 70.
All work is weather conditional.
Once the paving is completed, crews still have to do vegetation work
and install thermo and snow plowable traffic markers on the roadway.
Drivers need to be alert for lane closures. NCDOT also reminds motorists to watch for
signs with construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed
The project replaced a 61-year-old structure with a new bridge with higher
clearance height over U.S. 401, wider shoulders on the roadway approaching the
bridge, and in a new location just west of the old bridge.
The replacement project is part of the NCDOT's state-funded bridge improvement
program, which invests in preserving, repairing or replacing bridges