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Threat of rain postpones closure of southbound Capital Boulevard this weekend

Southbound Capital Boulevard was closed at Wade Avenue this weekend so crews can repave the road. It was supposed to be reopened by Monday morning but was not, snarling commuter traffic into downtown Raleigh.
Southbound Capital Boulevard was closed at Wade Avenue this weekend so crews can repave the road. It was supposed to be reopened by Monday morning but was not, snarling commuter traffic into downtown Raleigh. Special to the News & Observer

The threat of rain on Sunday has forced the N.C. Department of Transportation to postpone repaving work that would have closed Southbound Capital Boulevard just north of downtown Raleigh this weekend.

The southbound lanes were to be closed just south of Wade Avenue starting at 9 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Monday. That closure has now been postponed until next weekend at the earliest.

The repaving work is part of a larger project to redo a one-mile stretch of Capital and replace two bridges: the Wade Avenue bridge over Capital and the Capital bridge over Peace. Crews can't lay down pavement in the rain, and the pavement must be dry to put down the lines and other markings.

When the work does take place, southbound traffic will be detoured to Dortch and North West streets down to Peace Street, where drivers can get back on Capital. Drivers headed east on Wade Avenue can avoid the Dortch Street part of the detour by turning on to North West Street before they reach Capital.

Police will be directing traffic, but funneling two busy two-lane roads onto a single one-lane street will surely slow things down. Drivers may want to consider an alternative route into downtown Raleigh.

Richard Stradling: 919-829-4739, @RStradling
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