RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation
contractors will begin a $7.8 million project to widen and improve Tryon Road in Wake County on Monday, March 16. The project includes realigning part of the current Tryon Road route to go through the Renaissance Park development from U.S. 70/401/N.C. 50, as well as replacing the bridge over Norfolk Southern Railway. That will eliminate two sharp curves just east of the railroad bridge.In addition, both new and existing portions of Tryon Road will be widened to four lanes up to Par Drive near the Raleigh Golf Association course. The City of Raleigh has plans to widen Tryon Road to a four-lane, median-divided section with bike lanes between Par Drive and Lake Wheeler Road at a future date. Crews will start with clearing at the bridge site. Once the clearing is done, they will be working on the structure excavation and bridge construction with railroad flagging operations planned every day. They will be also working on the drainage and water lines and rerouting the golf cart path between the beginning of the project and the bridge site. This will require regular nighttime lane closures in this area for the first three weeks of the project. After that area is finished, crews will be working at the bridge site and on the road work between the bridge and Grenelle Road over the next several weeks.The entire project should be completed by September 23, 2017.The bridge being replaced was constructed in 1936 and is structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. This means it has remained safe for use, but is in deteriorating condition and needs to be replaced. The bridge was also built to design standards that are no longer in use.Because Tryon Road is used regularly by commuters, work will be done at night, with no lane closures or restrictions allowed during high traffic times. No construction will occur between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Sunday. In addition, no work will be allowed during holidays, holiday weekends or when traffic is unusually heavy.For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit the Traveler Services section of the NCDOT website or follow NCDOT on Twitter. You can also access NCDOT Mobile, a version of the NCDOT website especially for mobile devices. Visit m.ncdot.gov from your mobile browser.