RALEIGH - Work on the U.S. 401 Rolesville Bypass project will close a section
of Rolesville Road for a weekend, starting Friday, Nov. 7. The closure, which is weather conditional,
would be in effect from 10 p.m. on Friday, with the re-opening set for 6 a.m.
on Monday, Nov. 10, to accommodate rush hour traffic.
The closure is needed so the contractor can work on the interchange
between Rolesville Road and the bypass, including installing a drainage system
and putting down pavement markings for a new traffic pattern. Once the work is
completed, motorists will be using a small portion of the new bypass.
During the closure, a signed detour in place will use Mitchell Mill
Road, Jonesville Road and South Main Street.
The closure is conditional on the completion of work already under way
for the Bypass interchange with Pulleytown Road. That road closure began Oct.
20 and is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 6. If not done by then, the
Rolesville Road closure will be postponed until the weekend of Nov. 14-16 so
Pulleytown and Rolesville roads won't be closed at the same time.
Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area of
the road closures and to take the detour routes into account for possible
delays. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch for detour signs, stay alert and obey
the posted speed limit.
The work is part of a $25 million project to build 5.8-miles of the
bypass between Louisbury Road and N.C. 96. It is intended to alleviate traffic
congestion for commuters between Raleigh and Franklin County in one of Wake
County's fast growing communities.
The new roadway is south of the existing U.S. 401, and includes
intersections with Jonesville Road, Rolesville Road and Pulleytown Road before
being joined again by the existing highway just before reaching N.C. 96. The
contractor hopes to have the work completed by the end of the year. A two-mile
section of the bypass between Ligon Mill Road and Louisbury Road was completed
in December 2011.
For more information about funding for infrastructure improvements in
North Carolina, as well as other NCDOT projects and activities, visit www.ncdot.gov.