Project Overview and Purpose
The N.C. Department of Transportation proposes replacing two bridges in Raleigh – one on Capital Boulevard (U.S. 70/U.S. 401) over Peace Street and another on Wade Avenue over Capital Boulevard.
Built in 1948, the bridge on Capital Boulevard over Peace Street has a sufficiency rating of 44.9 (out of a possible 100). The Wade Avenue bridge over Capital Boulevard – built in 1954 – has a sufficiency rating of 34.1 and has a vehicle weight limit.
Both bridges are classified as "structurally deficient" due to age. While the existing bridges are still adequate to support traffic, they are nearing the end of their design lives and need to be replaced in a timely manner.
The City of Raleigh approved its Capital Boulevard Corridor Study in August 2012, and the bridge replacement projects will not restrict the city from completing future projects that fulfill its long-term vision for the area.
As the result of the project's planning process, NCDOT has identified a final design for each bridge being replaced:
NCDOT, in coordination with the city of Raleigh, will hold a public meeting Aug. 18, 2016, to introduce the contractor, Morrisville-based Zachry Construction, as well as to present the final design of the project and provide more detailed information about what to expect during construction.
Construction is scheduled to take about three years.
Capital Boulevard and Peace Street Interchange
The diamond-style interchange currently at Capital Boulevard and Peace Street will be replaced with what's called a "square loop" interchange – Alternative P5 – that will use Johnson Street and Harrington Street (which will be extended to Peace Street) in the southwest quadrant. A new diamond-style ramp will be added in the southeast quadrant and another diamond-style ramp will replace the ramp in the northeast quadrant.
Bike lanes will be added to Peace Street between the interchange ramp termini, and sidewalks will be widened to 14 feet along Peace Street and most of the square loop.
Capital Boulevard and Wade Avenue Interchange
The "trumpet-style" interchange – Alternative W-Base – at Capital Boulevard and Wade Avenue will be replaced with a new trumpet-style interchange. The new ramps are next to the existing ramps so that traffic can continue to use the interchange during most of construction.
Sidewalks will be added on both sides of Wade Avenue. A new greenway will extend from West Street under the Wade Avenue bridge to the off-ramp from Capital Boulevard to Wade Avenue.
A new 10-foot planted median will be added along Capital Boulevard between Peace Street and Wade Avenue.
All businesses in the project area will be accessible during construction.
NCDOT will maintain traffic on Capital Boulevard on weekdays. From Friday night to early Monday mornings, as well as some weekday evenings, northbound traffic will remain on Capital Boulevard, and southbound traffic will sometimes be detoured.
The contractor will create temporary walkways along Capital Boulevard and Peace Street to retain sidewalk access, where feasible.
Project News Releases
- Currently, no recent news releases.
NCDOT held a public meeting Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, at which time it presented the project's final design, discussed expected effects on traffic during construction and answered questions. There was no formal presentation, but a visualization was available for viewing.
||Aug. 18, 2016
|Construction begins on Wade Avenue bridge
|Construction begins on bridge over Peace Street
*Future dates are preliminary and subject to change
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Resources for Local Property Owners
In many cases, it is inevitable that a certain amount of private property must be acquired. The displacement of homes and businesses is minimized to the extent practicable. The following brochures will answer questions about this process.