Raleigh - The new Rogers Road bridge in Wake Forest is opening to traffic this afternoon, with a single lane available for vehicles in each direction. Work to replace a functionally-obsolete two-lane bridge with a five-lane structure including five-foot sidewalks and a pedestrian underpass had started in late June.
Still to come on the project is additional bridge construction to open it to full capacity, as well as the widening of Rogers Road to five lanes between Hope Lutheran Church and Forestville Road. The additional construction will take place behind lane closures in off-peak travel times and will take a few more months to finish.
Once completed, the added capacity of the new bridge is intended to help relieve traffic congestion during commuter times, as well as school drop-offs and pickups. That in turn improves the safety along the road in that area.
An alternate route that can be used to get around the construction work is the same path that had been the detour route, with traffic taking Heritage Lake Road, the N.C. 98 Bypass and South Main Street. Drivers traveling on the new bridge are urged to slow down when approaching the bridge and use extra caution in the work zone.
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