Raleigh - Rain and wet conditions expected Tuesday has postponed the Capital Boulevard traffic shift at the Wade Avenue bridge area until Wednesday and Thursday nights. Overnight lane closures will be in place as the inside lanes in each direction are shut down so crews can restripe the roadway to put vehicles in a long-term two-lane pattern each way.
Moving the traffic to the outside of the highway will allow the contractor to safely build columns for the new bridge in the median. It is being built adjacent to the current structure. The restriping work is weather conditional, as it can't be done in rain or wet conditions.
The closures are scheduled to start at 9 p.m. for southbound traffic and 10 p.m. for the northbound lanes. All lanes will be open by 6 a.m. the next morning so the closures won't impact morning commuters.
Drivers need to slow down, use caution and pay extra attention when approaching the work area for their own safety, as well as their passengers, other vehicles, and the construction workers.
This is part of a $36.9 million project that will also put a new bridge on Capital Boulevard over Peace Street. The initial phase of the project is the Wade Avenue bridge. The 62-year-old bridge will remain open for most of the construction time to lessen the impact on travel.
The replacement of the Capital Boulevard bridge over Peace Street is not expected to start until late spring or early summer in 2017.
The Department of Transportation and the City of Raleigh are working together to ensure drivers are informed of potential traffic impacts, especially when the Peace Street work begins.
Updated information will be available through a variety of means, including the project website, as well as through the department's Triangle twitter feed.