Raleigh - Work on the N.C.
Department of Transportation Tryon Road realignment and bridge replacement project in south Raleigh
will require a brief closure of a section of Grenelle Street, starting Sunday
night, Jan. 31. The closure is needed for the safety of workers getting the
area ready for the shift to a new alignment of Tryon Road.
Crews will close
Grenelle Street between Tryon Road and Olympia Drive at 9 p.m. on Sunday, and
plan to re-open it before 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Motorists going to the Golden
Corral Restaurant, Strayer University and other establishments in the vicinity
are advised to take either Junction Road/Ileagnes Road or Chapanoke Road to
reach their destination.
The $7.8 million Tryon
Road project will widen and improve a section of the road west of U.S.
70/401/N.C. 50, as well as replace the bridge over the Norfolk Southern Railway
tracks. The project improvements
include eliminating two sharp curves east of the existing bridge by realigning
the road to go through the Renaissance Park development from U.S. 70/401/N.C.
50. The new bridge will be located north of the current location.
The project will also widen Tryon Road to four lanes up to Par Drive near
the Raleigh Golf Association course. The City of Raleigh has plans to extend
the widening of the road to a four-lane, median-divided section with bike lanes
between Par Drive and Lake Wheeler Road at a future date.
A portion of the NCDOT project is expected to be finished late this year,
and all work completed by May 2017.
The bridge being replaced is close to 80 years old, and structurally
deficient and functionally obsolete. This means it remains safe for use, but is
in deteriorating condition and needs to be replaced. The bridge was also built
to design standards that are no longer in use.
Because Tryon Road is
used regularly by commuters, work is being done at night, with no lane closures
or restrictions allowed between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., Monday through Friday; and
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Motorists are advised to
use caution while traveling through the work zone and to expect delays. NCDOT
reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and
obey the posted speed limit.