Raleigh - Drivers in Person County can now use a part of the U.S. 501 Bypass, as a 3.2-mile section of the new highway opened this afternoon between N.C. 49 (Virgilina Road)/Thaxton Road and existing U.S. 501 (Boston Road).
While the road is now open, motorists need to continue to use caution as construction crews are completing work in the area through at least Friday afternoon. In addition, there will be continued construction work on U.S. 501 between North Main Street and N.C. 49, so lane closures can be expected in this section of the project until work is complete by the end of August.
The new roadway is part of a $21.7 million project awarded to PLT Construction Company, Inc. of Wilson that started on May 30, 2013. It calls for a 4.3-mile bypass of U.S. 501 from North Main Street in Roxboro to south of Jesse Banks Road. It includes the realignment of N.C. 49 (Virgilina Road) and existing U.S. 501 (Boston Road). The project includes construction of three culverts, a new traffic signal at the intersection of U.S. 501 and N.C. 49 (Virgilina Road)/Thaxton Road, as well as road widening, new curb and gutters and roadway resurfacing.
Because construction work is continuing, motorists need to continue to use caution when near the work zone, paying extra attention and slowing down. NCDOT reminds motorists that a speeding conviction in a work zone brings an additional $250 fine beyond the original ticket and court costs.
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