SPRING LAKE – Drivers will encounter intermittent lane closures over the next few weeks as workers put the finishing touches on a $32.3 million project that widened and resurfaced three major roads that converge in Spring Lake, and made other improvements.
The lane restrictions are needed so contract crews can safely place permanent lane markings on the newly improved sections of Murchison Road, Bragg Boulevard and Lillington Highway. The roads are where three state highways – 24, 87 and 210 – merge just north of Fayetteville.
The project improves safety and alleviates heavy commuter congestion associated with Fort Bragg, the nation’s largest military installation and a Spring Lake neighbor.
Spring Lake Mayor Chris Rey said the project eased a traffic bottleneck caused by the town’s growth.
“This new road system was a collaborative effort between the North Carolina Department of Transportation and local officials working together to address a challenge,” the mayor said. “The investment of this project will position our community for better strategic growth.”
The project also included these major improvements:
Building a Poe Avenue overpass with Bragg Boulevard;
Closing an often-jammed intersection of the boulevard with Butner Road;
Widening a section of Murchison Road from four lanes to six lanes; and
Constructing a Murchison Road interchange with Randolph Street.
In all, 1.6 miles of roadway were widened by Barnhill Contracting Co. of Tarboro.