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Side Street Closure Planned as Part of NCDOT Tryon Road project in Raleigh

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.

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4/16/2018 4:30 PM