Raleigh - Rain forecasted for the Raleigh area has postponed this weekend's scheduled closure of southbound Capital Boulevard at Wade Avenue bridge as part of the bridge replacement work at that location.
The closure has been moved to next weekend, with the southbound lanes shut down from 9 p.m. on Friday, June 23, until 6 a.m. on Monday, June 26. The work will continue to be weather conditional.
The closure is needed so contractor crews can remove the old concrete and asphalt on the roadway and replace it with new asphalt, creating a smoother ride for travelers. The reason weather is a factor is because paving can't be done in rainy or wet conditions.
There will be a very short detour as all southbound traffic will have to use the exit ramp for Wade Avenue, but will just cross over that road and get back on Capital Boulevard using the entrance ramp off of Wade Avenue. Law enforcement will be on hand to handle traffic control, as at times traffic on the detour will have to stop for vehicles going from Wade Avenue onto northbound Capital Boulevard.
Drivers are urged to slow down and use caution when going through the temporary detour, and to watch for detour signs and law enforcement on scene.
This is part of a $36.9 million project that will also put a new bridge on Capital Boulevard over Peace Street. The initial phase of the project is the Wade Avenue bridge. The 62-year-old bridge will remain open for most of the construction time to lessen the impact on travel. The work on the Capital Boulevard bridge over Peace Street expected to start in July.
The Department of Transportation and the City of Raleigh are working together to ensure drivers are informed of potential traffic impacts, especially when the Peace Street work begins. Updated information will be available through a variety of means, including the project website, as well as through the department's Triangle twitter feed.