A portion of Morrisville Parkway closed for the construction of a railroad bridge will open three weeks later than planned, the town said Tuesday.
The stretch of Morrisville Parkway between Crabtree Crossing Parkway and Bristol Creek Drive was originally scheduled to reopen Aug. 8. But the town said the section behind Park West Village will remain closed until Aug. 31 while the North Carolina Department of Transportation deals with a water line conflict.
Town officials discussed the possibility of a delay at the town council’s May 24 meeting, although a lengthier six-month delay was suggested at the time. Ben Howell, the town’s transportation engineer, said then he expected the road would open on time. But because the project is under the control of the state DOT, the town has little influence over the project’s schedule.
The closure began Feb. 8. When complete, the $19.6 million project will allow trains to pass over the road and eliminate the signalized track crossing that periodically worsened traffic woes on the already congested road.
The recommended detour for those traveling east to west is to take N.C. 54 southeast, Cary Parkway south, High House Road west and Davis Drive north, the last of which intersects with the open portion of Morrisville Parkway.
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