Durham's Main Street prepares for summer-long shutdown

bsiceloff@newsobserver.comApril 11, 2013 

 

RALEIGH

— The city’s Main Street will be closed to traffic all summer between Buchanan Boulevard and Broad Street for a $2.3 million project to replace the bridge over Campus Drive, starting May 13.

This part of Main Street borders the granite-walled East Campus of Duke University. The state Department of Transportation delayed the street closing until the day after May 12 graduation ceremonies at Duke, but the work won’t be finished until Sept. 20, a month after Duke students arrive for the fall semester.

Replacing the 63-year-old bridge is the final phase of improvements for 1.2 miles of Main Street between 15th Street and Buchanan. The four-lane street was resurfaced and given a “road diet” design, adding bike lanes and reducing automobiles to one lane each way.

Campus Drive is the main link between Duke’s East and West campuses. The underpass will remain open most of the time while crews replace the bridge, DOT said.

Limited campus traffic will be allowed on each end of the closed part of Main Street, for Campus Drive and the Southgate dormitory driveway. Jamal Atkins, a DOT engineer overseeing the bridge project, said Campus Drive access will be reopened temporarily in late August, when students begin moving into dormitories on East Campus.

This stretch of Main Street handles 12,600 cars and trucks each day. Detours will be marked to reroute traffic to the south via Broad and Gregson streets and the Durham Freeway, but some drivers will just follow the granite wall around East Campus via Broad, Markham Avenue and Buchanan.

Siceloff: 919-829-4527 or blogs.newsobserver.com/crosstown or twitter.com/Road_Worrier/

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