Southwest Cary Parkway will be closed for the next month at Old Apex Road while workers repave the crossing, build new sidewalks and install new traffic and pedestrian signals.
Town officials had hoped to complete the work without closing Cary Parkway, but the town decided a full closure of the intersection was necessary after consulting with the state Department of Transportation and CSX.
“We worked hard to find a way to not entirely close the road,” said Bob Shultes, a transportation engineer for Cary. “We are committed to minimizing impacts and providing updated schedules to those who live, work and travel around the intersection.”
About 25,000 vehicles travel Cary Parkway every day, and about 12,000 travel Old Apex Road.
Cary has identified several projects near railroad crossings set to be updated in the next three years.
The Cary Parkway project, which will cost about $490,000, is funded by the town.
Shultes said the town considered three criteria to determine which railroad crossings would undergo upgrades: the condition of the crossing material, the year of the last upgrade and the condition of the crossing.
The rubber panels in railroad crossings are set inside and outside the rail section to provide an even surface for vehicles crossing the tracks. The paneling at Cary Parkway and Old Apex Road was last upgraded in 1992, and an inspection in 2011 found it to be in fair condition, according to the town.
Signed detours will assist drivers during the closure to use Old Apex Road to U.S. 64 to Lake Pine Drive.
All businesses and homes will be accessible during the closure, which will Monday and is expected to last 28 days.