Raleigh -Contractors with the N.C. Department of Transportation will close a section of Hopson Road in Durham this weekend to tie in the intersection of Hopson Road and the new Keystone Park extension. The road will be closed between Miami Boulevard and Davis Drive.
Weather permitting, the closure will begin Friday at 7 p.m., with the road re-opening Monday at 6 a.m.
The closure is being done to allow a detour to be set up for a part of the project that will begin on Monday, May 18, when crews will close Keystone Park Drive from Church Street to the roundabout at Keystone Park Drive/Station Drive. That closure will be in effect for three weeks.
Motorists can use a signed detour along Church Street, Kit Creek Road, Davis Drive, Hopson Road and Keystone Park Drive.
The project is designed to improve train and vehicular safety along the Raleigh to Charlotte corridor by eliminating railroad crossings at Hopson Road and Church Street. In addition to the new Hopson Road railroad bridge, Church Street is being realigned to close its railroad crossing, creating an intersection with Hopson Road.
The Hopson Road crossing was the site of a triple fatality in 1992. This event prompted NCDOT to establish its Sealed Corridor Program in partnership with CSXT and Norfolk Southern. The goal of the program is to "seal" the rail corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte by eliminating or improving rail-highway street level crossings.
This closure is a critical part of NCDOT's Piedmont Improvement Program, a series of railroad and highway enhancements aimed to improve safety, spur job growth and improve connectivity between Raleigh and Charlotte, as well the communities in between.
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