The N.C. Department of Transportaton replaced 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 had a sufficiency rating of 44.9 (out of a possible 100). The Wade Avenue bridge over Capital Boulevard – built in 1954 – had a sufficiency rating of 34.1 and a vehicle weight limit.
Both bridges were classified as "structurally deficient" due to age. While the existing bridges were adequate to support traffic, they were nearing the end of their design lives and needed to be replaced.
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.