The closing of two lanes of Peace Street under Capital Boulevard that was supposed to take place overnight Wednesday has been delayed at least until Sunday because of the weather.
Workers had planned to squeeze Peace Street from four lanes down to two – one lane in each direction – in time for the morning commute on Thursday. The lane closures are needed so workers can build the piers that will hold up the new Capital Boulevard bridge.
The lanes are to remain closed until early next summer, said Derrick Matthews, the project engineer.
Closing and shifting the lanes requires new lane markings on the pavement, and that can’t be done when it is wet, according to NCDOT. The shift was postponed until Sunday night, but it may not happen then either depending on the path of Hurricane Irma and its remnants.
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The work on Peace Street is part of a $36.9 million project to remake a 1-mile stretch of Capital Boulevard just north of downtown. It includes realigning the road, adding sidewalks and a 10-foot grassy median and replacing the Peace Street bridge and the Wade Avenue bridge over Capital. The Peace Street interchange will also be reconfigured.