The N.C. Department of Transportation
will close a section of Country Club Road from Hunter Hill Road to U.S. 64 Business/Buck Leonard Boulevard in Rocky Mount the afternoon of Monday, Oct. 20, through Friday, Oct. 31. The closure is necessary to perform sewer work on the widening project currently taking place along Country Club Road. By closing this section of Country Club Road, crews will be able to replace two sewer lines under the road. At their deepest point, the lines are 16 feet below the road surface; therefore, the replacement cannot be done safely while traffic is using the road.During this closure, motorists will use U.S. 64, U.S. 301 Bypass, Hunter Hill Road and Winstead Avenue to travel around the project site. Local traffic will be able to access the road up to the location of the line replacement at Stoney Creek.An $8.1 million contract was awarded to Barnhill Contracting Co. of Tarboro in July for the widening of Country Club Road from U.S. 64 Business/Buck Leonard Boulevard to Jeffreys Road, as well as replacing the bridge over Stoney Creek. The current two-lane road will be widened to four lanes in most locations, with a center median along most of the project. The north end of the project will also be realigned so that Country Club Road flows directly into Jeffreys Road. The project is scheduled to be done and all lanes open by July 2016.Country Club Road is being widened to help improve the flow of traffic through this congested area. Lane closures are in place currently between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Once widening on the section of Country Club Road from Jeffrey's Road to Hunter Hill Road is complete, crews will then close the section south of Hunter Hill Road to finish the project and replace the bridge over Stoney Creek. This closure is expected to last 10 months and will allow crews to complete the project faster than it would have taken should work take place with traffic on the road. The closure between Hunter Hill Road and U.S. 64 Business/Buck Leonard Boulevard later this month is separate from this 10 month closure.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 the NCDOT traffic website or follow NCDOT on 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.