Raleigh - Bids were opened this afternoon for a major project that will replace a pair of downtown Raleigh bridges, on Capital Boulevard over Peace Street, and on Wade Avenue over Capital Boulevard.
The low bidder on the work was Zachry Construction of Morrisville at $36.9 million. A final review of the contract proposal will take place before it is formally awarded in a few weeks.
The bridge over Peace Street is 66 years old, and is considered structurally deficient. The Wade Avenue bridge, built in 1954, is also structurally deficient and has a weight restriction that limits the type of vehicle that can use it. Structurally deficient means that while the bridges are safe, they are in deteriorating condition, and need to be replaced.
Replacing aging bridges across the state is a key part of Governor McCrory's 25-Year Transportation Vision to enhance travel safety and to better connect North Carolinians to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation opportunities.
Construction can start in September, with the initial work being on the Wade Avenue bridge. The ramps for the new bridge will be adjacent to the current bridge, which will help lessen the travel impact by allowing traffic to continue to use the existing bridge during most of construction. Work at this location will include adding sidewalks on both sides of Wade Avenue, as well as a new greenway between West Street under the Wade Avenue bridge and the off-ramp from Capital Boulevard to Wade Avenue.
At Peace Street, the diamond-style interchange now in place will be replaced by a square loop interchange that will use Johnson Street and Harrington Street (once it is extended to Peace Street) in the southwest quadrant. A new ramp will be added in the southeast quadrant. Bike lanes will go along to Peace Street between the interchange ramp endings, and sidewalks will be widened to 14 feet along Peace Street and most of the square loop.
A new 10-foot grass median will also be added along Capital Boulevard between Peace Street and Wade Avenue.
The Department of Transportation and the City of Raleigh are partnering together to host a public information meeting in August to provide additional information on the project and its potential traffic impacts. The date and the location of the meeting will be announced soon.
In the meantime, other details on the project, including maps and a visualization, are available on the project webpage on the DOT website.