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Planning Work for Replacement of Avent Ferry Road Bridge will Require Three Brief Closings of the Road over the Next Several Days

RALEIGH - Planning for the replacement and widening of the Avent Ferry Road bridge over Lake Johnson in Raleigh in 2016 will require three brief closures of the road over the next several days, starting the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 27.

To help set up for soil test boring work needed at each end of the existing bridge, workers need access to the site from the water. To give crews that access, a barge will be lowered into the lake via a crane.

Lowering the barge on Tuesday morning will require the closure of Avent Ferry Road for safety reasons between 9 and 10 a.m. The road will then be restricted to a single lane in the area of the bridge until 4 p.m. that day.

The one-hour road closure will be repeated between 9 and 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 30, to allow the crane to pick up the barge and put it in the lake on the other side of the bridge. The final road closure will take place between 9 and 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4, to remove the barge. All the closures are weather conditional.

There will be a signed detour in place to get around the closure, using Tryon Road and Gorman Street. During the lane closure on Tuesday, flaggers will be used to direct traffic across the bridge.

NCDOT reminds motorists to watch for construction and detour signs, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. Updated travel information is also available by calling 511 or checking the travel section of the NCDOT website. NCDOT also offers travel information on Twitter.

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2/15/2018 5:22 PM

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