Durham - Work on the Alston Avenue (N.C. 55) widening project continues next week, with overnight closures of the Durham Freeway at Alston Avenue, as well as the bridge over the freeway (exit 11) on Monday and Tuesday.
The closures allow the contractor to install safety barriers and girders for the new bridge being built at that location.
The schedule for both nights calls for closures to begin about 10 p.m. All roads will reopen by 6 a.m. to be ready for morning commuters.
It will be a short detour for drivers in both directions on the Durham Freeway. They will exit at Alston Avenue, cross over the road and return to the freeway at the on ramps.
Alston Avenue westbound traffic will be detoured onto the eastbound freeway to exit 10-A (northbound Briggs Avenue), cross over the highway and then turn left to get to the westbound lanes and back to westbound Alston Avenue.
Drivers going east on Alston Avenue will head west on the freeway to exit 12-A (Fayetteville Street) where they can turn left, cross over the highway and left again to go east and reach eastbound Alston Avenue.
The Alston Avenue is being widened for more than a mile in addition to the new bridge. The improvements are intended to reduce congestion and improve safety along the road. The project is scheduled to wrap up in late 2019.