The expected start of the six-month closure on Morrisville Parkway has been pushed back a week, from Feb. 1 to Feb. 8.
The road, which leads from N.C. 55 in the west to N.C. 54 in the east, will experience a partial closure in that eastern section. A small section of the road behind Park West Village will be closed between Bristol Creek Drive and Crabtree Crossing Parkway.
When complete, drivers no longer will need to stop and wait for trains to pass. But in the meantime, drivers will need to find a detour around the construction site.
Signs will be posted directing drivers on a detour. From N.C. 54, the official detour will take drivers south to Cary Parkway, then via High House Road onto Davis Drive and back to Morrisville Parkway.
Instead of Cary Parkway, drivers also can continue north of Morrisville Parkway to Morrisville-Carpenter Road, then take Davis Drive back to Morrisville Parkway.
Local leaders are expecting unhappy travelers, at least at the start of the project, and delays throughout.
I might have to go out there myself the first day, help direct traffic or just tell drivers, “I’m sorry.
Morrisville Mayor Mark Stohlman
“I might have to go out there myself the first day, help direct traffic or just tell drivers, ‘I’m sorry,’ ” Morrisville Mayor Mark Stohlman said.
While the road will likely reopen as early as August, construction could continue until March of 2017, Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht wrote on his blog Monday.
“The Town of Cary Traffic Management Center staff will be implementing new signal timing changes along the detour route in order to keep traffic flowing as best they can,” Weinbrecht wrote. “They expect traffic volumes will be higher along the detour route; therefore, delays will be expected since adjustments to signal timing cannot fully mitigate roadway capacity issues.”
The two towns have been working with the state and CSX Transportation, which owns the railroad, for the past few years to plan this project.
The work is being funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which is more informally known as the federal stimulus package.
Weinbrecht wrote that Cary also purchased cameras for busy intersections along the detour route so that traffic signal operators can watch and make adjustments in real time.
“The detour will have an adverse impact on traffic flow and congestion along the planned detour route,” he said.
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