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.
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
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.