Cary - Work is scheduled to begin Monday, Jan. 12, on a Town of Cary project to improve pedestrian and vehicle safety on Walnut Street and Buck Jones Road. The construction area will include Walnut Street from the US 1/64 southbound ramp to Piney Plains Road, and Buck Jones Road from Walnut Street to the Best Motor Imports business.
Improvements include new sidewalks from Walnut Street to Buck Jones Road; the addition of a third northbound lane from Meeting Street to Buck Jones Road to help alleviate congestion; improved lane alignment; and widening of the existing bridge over US 1/64. All businesses and citizens who live within or adjacent to the construction area will have access to their business or residences during all phases of the work.
Intermittently, throughout the project, one or more lanes of travel in each direction of Buck Jones Road and Walnut Street may be closed to facilitate the roadway and bridge widening work. Citizens can anticipate daytime lane closures on Buck Jones Road and Walnut Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; nighttime lane closures on Buck Jones Road and Walnut Street between 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through Friday; and nighttime lane closures of US 1/64, US 1/64 ramps and Crossroads Boulevard ramp from 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Night work with lane closures are anticipated on weekdays. Regular project updates, including lane closure details, will be communicated throughout the project via the Town's email service and traffic Twitter feed.
The project should be finished by summer 2016.
The estimated total project cost is $7,000,000, which includes design, right-of-way acquisition and roadway construction. This project is funded through the Transportation Bonds Referendum that was approved by nearly 70 percent of Cary citizens who voted on November 6, 2012. For more, search "Walnut Street Traffic and Pedestrian Improvements" or "Community Investment Bonds" at www.townofcary.org or call (919) 380-4104.