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Public Meeting Planned Next Week to Provide Update on Replacement of Capital Boulevard and Wade Avenue Bridges in Raleigh

Raleigh - A multiple bridge replacement project along Capital Boulevard gets under way in September and the Department of Transportation is partnering with the City of Raleigh to hold a public meeting next week to provide details on the plans. The project will replace the Capital Boulevard bridge over Peace Street, and the Wade Avenue ramp bridge over Capital Boulevard.

Work will start with the Wade Avenue portion of the project. That bridge, built in 1954, is structurally deficient and has a weight restriction that limits the type of vehicle that can use it. The bridge over Peace Street is 66 years old, and is also considered structurally deficient. That means the current bridges are safe, but 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 Vision for transportation in North Carolina. The state has more than 13,500 bridges that connect citizens to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation opportunities.

The public meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fred Fletcher Park- Borden Building, 820 Clay St., Raleigh. Transportation Department representatives will be on hand to discuss the final design and expected effects on traffic during construction, and answer any questions regarding this project. Raleigh city staff will present information on the Capital Boulevard Corridor Study in conjunction with the bridge projects.

Interested citizens may attend at any time during the meeting hours as there will not be a formal presentation.

Auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons will be provided to anyone who wants to participate in the meeting. Anyone requiring these special services should contact Anamika Laad at alaad@ncdot.gov or 919-707-6072. Interpretive services will also be made available upon request for persons who do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English. A request for such assistance can be made by calling 1-800-481-6494.

The ramps for the new bridge at Wade Avenue 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 14-foot median will also be added along Capital Boulevard between Peace Street and Wade Avenue.

Other details on the project, including maps and a visualization, are available on the project webpage on NCDOT.gov.

For additional information, contact David Moore, NCDOT Division 5 resident engineer, at dbmoore@ncdot.gov, (919) 250-4202 or 1573 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1573.

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4/16/2018 4:30 PM