Raleigh - The N.C. Department of Transportation will close U.S. 15/501 (Hawkins Avenue) in Sanford starting Monday, April 27. This closure is for the construction of two roundabouts at the U.S. 1 interchange (Exit 71) and will last 60 days, ending June 25. Charleston Drive will also remain closed for a 60-day duration. The completion date for the project is tentatively scheduled for July 10.
The signed detour routes include:
- Traveling south on U.S. 15/501/Hawkins Avenue exit onto the U.S. 1 southbound on-ramp prior to the U.S. 1 overpass bridge, continue on U.S. 1 south to Exit 69B (Burns Drive), take a right onto Burns Drive back to U.S. 15/501/Hawkins Avenue.
- Traveling north on U.S. 15/501/Hawkins Avenue, exit onto the U.S. 1 northbound on-ramp prior to the U.S. 1 overpass bridge, continue on U.S. 1 north to Exit74 (Colon Road), take a left onto Colon Road, exit onto the U.S. 1 southbound on-ramp, continue on U.S. 1 south back to U.S.15/501/Hawkins Avenue (Exit 71).
Construction during the final seven days of the 60-day road closure will require the U.S. 1 southbound off ramp and the U.S. 1 northbound on ramp to be closed. The U.S. 1 southbound ramp from U.S. 15/501/Hawkins Avenue (U.S. 1 Business), Beechtree Drive and Amos Bridges Road will remain open during all phases of construction. This signed detour routes includes:
- Traveling north on U.S.-15/501/Hawkins Avenue, turn left onto Burns Drive, exit onto the U.S. 1 northbound on-ramp, continue on U.S. 1 north to Exit 74 (Colon Road), take a left onto Colon Road, turn left onto Deep River Road back to U.S. 15/501/Hawkins Avenue.
- U.S. 1 traffic wanting to access the U.S.15/501/Hawkins Avenue interchange (Exit 71) will take Exit 74 (Colon Road) to Deep River Road and Exit 69B (Burns Drive).
- Follow message boards and signs for specific detour routes during the final seven days of road closure on U.S.15/501/Hawkins Avenue.
Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
A roundabout is a circular intersection that channels traffic around a center island without using traffic signals. Because roundabouts allow for continuous flow, they let vehicles pass through the intersection more efficiently than traditional intersections. This not only reduces congestion, but also cuts down on pollution and fuel use. In addition, roundabouts are proven to reduce accidents at unsignalized intersections.
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