- N.C. Department of Transportation
has awarded a contract to widen and improve Tryon Road in Wake County. The $7.8 million contract was awarded to S. T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson. The project includes realigning part of the current Tryon Road route to go through the Renaissance Park development from U.S. 70/401/N.C. 50, as well as replacing the bridge over Norfolk Southern Railway. That will eliminate two sharp curves just east of the railroad bridge.In addition, both new and existing portions of Tryon Road will be widened to four lanes up to Par Drive near the Raleigh Golf Association course. The City of Raleigh has plans to widen Tryon Road to a four-lane, median-divided section with bike lanes between Par Drive and Lake Wheeler Road at a future date. Work for this contract can begin as early as September 15, with a portion of the project completed by November 2016, and all work finished by May 2017. The bridge being replaced was constructed in 1936 and is classified as structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. This means it has remained safe for use, but is in deteriorating condition and needs to be replaced. The bridge was also built to design standards that are no longer in use. The bridge currently carries 25,900 cars a day, and is expected to increase to 41,100 cars in the next 15 years.Because Tryon Road is used regularly by commuters, work will be done at night, with no lane closures or lane restrictions allowed during high traffic times. No construction will occur between 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday. In addition, no work will be allowed during holidays, holiday weekends or when traffic is unusually heavy.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. This was one of 18 road and bridge contracts worth $248.1 million recently awarded by NCDOT for projects across North Carolina. NCDOT awarded the contracts to the lowest bidders, as required by state law. The bids received on the projects awarded came in about three percent, or $8.3 million, below NCDOT estimates.For more information about funding for infrastructure improvements in North Carolina, as well as other NCDOT projects and activities, visit www.ncdot.gov.