Raleigh - The N.C. Department of Transportation will reopen U.S. 421/N.C. 27 in Buies Creek to two-way, two-lane traffic beginning Jan. 13, weather permitting. The road will remain in a two-lane traffic pattern while work continues on a new pedestrian tunnel at Campbell University in the area.
The closure allowed crews to begin installation of the tunnel; grade the roadway; and add storm drains east and west of the crossing site. Also, a 16-inch waterline was installed on a temporary basis while the existing 20-inch waterline was relocated so not to conflict with the tunnel.
Located under U.S. 421/N.C. 27, the completed tunnel will make it safer and easier for pedestrians to navigate the university and the area around campus, including the football stadium. The project includes paving, drainage and adding retaining walls and an underground culvert.
Other North Carolina universities have similar tunnels to access areas of campus, but this will be the first for Campbell University. The tunnel is anticipated to be open to the public in the summer of 2016. Crews will continue work to the surrounding area, including planting vegetation, through December 2016.
The contractor for the $2.6 million project is Branch Highways of Roanoke, VA, which was awarded to the lowest bidder as required by state law.
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