Beltline squeeze gets underway
RALEIGH After an 11th-hour postponement last week, the state Department of Transportation said that Raleigh drivers began feeling a three-year-long squeeze as lanes on the southern Beltline were closed for an extensive repair job beginning Friday night.
Starting about 11 p.m. Friday, construction crews began closing the two inside lanes of Interstate 440 West (the Outer Beltline) for about a mile, starting at the I-40 split. Drivers are being moved into the outside lane and the freeway shoulder, which has been repaved to carry regular traffic during the $130 million Beltline reconstruction project.
The lanes could not be closed until workers first laid down new stripes on the pavement, to guide drivers into the new traffic pattern. Recent nights were either too cold or too wet for this work.
Similar work will continue on subsequent nights until the two inside lanes on I-440 West are closed all the way from I-40 to U.S. 64-264, about three miles.
The crews won’t close the two inside lanes on the same section of I-440 East, from U.S. 64-264 to I-40, until after the holidays.
Workers must dig out the old concrete and replace it with new pavement. Next spring or early summer, traffic will shift from the outside lanes to the inside.
Staff writer Bruce Siceloff
District 35 Democrat announces bid
RALEIGH Democrat Brian Mountcastle last week said he will run for the District 35 state House seat held by Republican Chris Malone.
Mountcastle, a Knightdale construction management consultant, said in a statement that he is “a middle-of-the-road, mainstream person” and emphasized his business background and commitment to improving education.
“We need a new leadership in Raleigh. The past few years have been devastating for our public schools, community colleges and university system,” he said.
Mountcastle, 36, manages construction properties for Weingarten Realty, and he and his wife own a regional distribution company that specializes in law enforcement equipment. Mountcastle also is a member of the Eastern Wake County Public Schools Needs Discussion Group. From staff reports
Bus routes changing; CAT seeks input
Capital Area Transit is changing bus routes for 2014 and wants community feedback during information sessions about the proposed changes.
CAT plans to expand some routes and have buses arrive every 15 minutes on Route 1, Capital Boulevard, and Route 2, WakeMed.
The information sessions will be held:• Wednesday, Dec. 18, 4 to 7 p.m., Capital Area Transit Facility, 4104 Poole Road
• Thursday, Dec. 19, 3 to 7 p.m., Crabtree Room at Sertoma Arts Center, 1400 W. Millbrook Road
• Tuesday, Jan. 7, 4 to 7 p.m., North Hills CAT bus stop behind North State Bank, 4270 The Circle at North Hills
• Wednesday, Jan. 8, 4 to 7 p.m., Transit Station at Crabtree Valley Mall, 4325 Glenwood Ave.
From staff reports