RALEIGH – The Capital Boulevard bridge replacements project will reach a major milestone this weekend as it completes a traffic shift onto the new bridge over Peace Street. The shift will require the weekend closure of a section of southbound Capital Boulevard and Johnson Street near the bridge.
Starting Friday at 9 p.m., contractors will close southbound Capital Boulevard and the square-loop portion of Johnson Street to give crews room to safely make the traffic shift adjustments. This shift onto the new bridge comes nearly a month early, as original forecasts estimated it would have occurred in March.
Work is expected to be finished and all lanes open in the new traffic pattern over the bridge by Monday, Feb. 4, at 6 a.m.
This closure and shift are dependent on weather and subject to delay if conditions are poor.
To detour around the Capital Boulevard closure, southbound traffic can use Dortch Street, West Street and Jones Street. The detour around the Johnson Street closure will be Harrington Street to Jones Street.
Another long-term closure remains in place as work continues on the new flyover ramp from eastbound Wade Avenue to northbound Capital Boulevard. That is expected to open in April.
Drivers are urged to slow down and pay attention as they approach the work zone and detour routes.
Updated information on the project to replace the Wade Avenue ramp bridge, and the Capital Boulevard bridge over Peace Street is available through a variety of means, including the project website, as well as the NCDOT Triangle Twitter feed.