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, held 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 (4MB) and provide more detailed information (2MB) 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.
Businesses in the project area will be accessible during construction, with the exception of the nights when there is a road closure.
Capital Boulevard and Peace Street will be open to traffic from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays. Closures for utility, drainage and bridge construction work are possible between midnight and 5 a.m.
Weekend road and interchange closures are possible from 9 p.m. Fridays until 6 a.m. Mondays. Northbound lanes on Capital Boulevard, however, will remain open with some lane restrictions, and southbound traffic will be detoured.
Detours A and B (View Map (888KB))
- Detour A will be used from late 2016 until mid-2018, when southbound Capital Boulevard, under Wade Avenue, is closed from 9 p.m. Fridays until 6 a.m. Mondays. Traffic will be rerouted around the closure using the existing southbound Wade Avenue interchange ramps and crossing Wade Avenue near the railroad. During construction, Wade Avenue will be modified to allow this southbound movement across the median.
- Detour B will be used from early 2017 until late 2018, when the northbound on-ramp from Peace Street to Capital Boulevard is closed. A road closure of up to 90 days will be allowed to complete construction on the northbound ramp at Peace Street. Northbound traffic will be rerouted east on Peace Street, north on Person Street and north on Wake Forest Road. This route is about the same length as using Capital Boulevard but includes a left-turn from Peace Street to Person Street.
Detours C and D (View Map (588KB))
- Detour C will be used from late 2016 until mid-2018, when southbound Capital Boulevard, south of Wade Avenue, is closed from 9 p.m. Fridays until 6 a.m. Mondays. Traffic will be rerouted around the closure using the existing southbound Wade Avenue off-ramp. Drivers will cross Wade Avenue near the railroad and then use a short segment of West and Dortch streets to get back on Capital Boulevard. During construction, Wade Avenue will be modified to allow this southbound movement across the median.
- Detour D will be used from late 2016 until mid-2018, when southbound Capital Boulevard, from the Peace Street interchange to the CSX Railroad underpass, is closed. Drivers will see these lane closures from 9 p.m. Fridays until 6 a.m. Mondays. Traffic will be rerouted around the closure using the southbound Peace Street off-ramp. Drivers will go one block west on Peace Street and turn left onto Jones Street to get back on Dawson and McDowell streets.
Detours E and F (View Map (647KB))
- Detour E will be used from late 2016 until early 2018, when southbound Capital Boulevard, between Wade Avenue and Peace Street, is closed from 9 p.m. Fridays until 6 a.m. Mondays. Traffic will be rerouted around the closure using the existing southbound Wade Avenue off-ramp. Drivers will cross Wade Avenue near the railroad and then follow West Street for a half-mile to Peace Street, where they can get back onto Capital Boulevard at the interchange or continue into downtown via other back roads. During construction, Wade Avenue will be modified to allow this southbound movement across the median.
- Detour F will be used from late 2016 until late 2018, when either the Wade Avenue flyover ramp (from northbound Capital Boulevard to Wade Avenue) or the loop (from Wade Avenue to northbound Capital Boulevard) is closed. A road closure of up to 60 days will be allowed to complete construction on the Wade Avenue flyover ramp and up to 120 days will be allowed on the northbound Capital Boulevard Loop. Traffic will be rerouted around the closure using Glenwood Avenue and Peace Street.
Fairview Road Flyover Ramp
The southbound Fairview Road flyover ramp will be closed for the duration of construction. The northbound Fairview Road flyover ramp and the slip ramp from the business access road to southbound Capital Boulevard will remain open.
Other Transportation Impacts
- Temporary walkways along Capital Boulevard and Peace Street will be available, where possible.
- Three GoRaleigh bus stops on West Peace Street will be relocated or removed during construction. More information will be available from GoRaleigh closer to the time of the Peace Street interchange construction.
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
David Moore, P.E.
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