Raleigh - Travelers who use Morrisville Parkway to go between N.C. 54 and Davis Drive or N.C. 55 in western Wake County should plan to use a detour for the next six months. Starting Monday, Feb. 8, a section of the road near the Park West Village Shopping Center between Bristol Creek Drive and Crabtree Crossing Parkway will close so an NCDOT contractor can build a railroad track overpass to eliminate a rail crossing on the road.
A signed detour will have N.C. 54 drivers turning right on Cary Parkway, right on High House Road and right on Davis Drive to get around the closure to get back to Morrisville Parkway, or continue on to N.C. 55. Drivers heading to N.C. 54 from N.C. 55 or Davis Drive will take that route in reverse. Local residents are encouraged to use that detour or find other alternative routes to bypass the closure.
The roads being used for the detour are already heavily traveled, so motorists are encouraged to allow extra time to get to their destinations. In some cases, traffic light timing can be adjusted to try to alleviate heavier traffic situations.
In addition to eliminating the danger of vehicle-train collisions at the crossing, the new railroad bridge will bring an end to backups caused when trains traveling through hold up traffic at different times of the day.
Removing the railroad crossing is part of NCDOT's Sealed Corridor Program in partnership with CSXT and Norfolk Southern. The goal of the program is to "seal" the rail corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte by eliminating or improving rail-highway street level crossings. The project is also part of the Piedmont Improvement Program to modernize railroad track, roads and bridges along the corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte.
In addition to the bridge, the project also includes about 1.5 miles of railroad construction between Morrisville Carpenter Road and Cary Parkway. That includes the realignment of railroad curves that should improve track speeds and reduce travel times between Raleigh and Charlotte. There will also be minor roadway improvements along Morrisville Carpenter Road at Town Hall Drive, Davis Drive at Morrisville Parkway, and N.C. 54 at Weston Parkway. All the work should wrap up in late spring 2017.
NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction and detour information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
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