PEMBROKE – As work continues to improve a major gateway to the UNC-Pembroke campus in Robeson County, a section of Prospect Road will need to temporarily close this month.
The route between Cornith Road and St. Anna Road is scheduled to be closed from 6:30 a.m. this Sunday until 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23 to allow workers to safely install concrete traffic islands for the planned Cornith Road roundabout associated with the gateway project. During the closure, motorists will be detoured as follows:
- Heading north on Prospect Road: Turn right at Cornith Road, left onto Union Chapel Road, left onto St. Anna Road and back to Prospect Road
- Heading south on Prospect Road: Turn left onto St. Anna Road, right onto Union Chapel Road, right onto Cornith Road and back to Prospect Road.
Drivers are urged to slow down and use caution as they travel through the work zone, and to plan for extra time needed when using the detour.
In April, state Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon joined officials from the university and the town of Pembroke to break ground on reconstructing about a mile of the Pembroke campus gateway known as North Odom Street/Prospect Road.
A contractor is reducing the five-lane one into one lane in each direction and adding a raised median to improve safety.
The $5 million project includes building roundabouts at Cornith Road and University Drive and adding sidewalks, crosswalks and pedestrian signals to aid students who cross it every day.
The entire project is expected to be completed by the fall of 2019.