Trinity Road has now reopened in West Raleigh nearly five months after a portion of it was closed so contractors could build a pedestrian tunnel between the N.C. State Fairgrounds and Carter-Finley Stadium.
The tunnel is not finished, but work has progressed enough that the N.C. Department of Transportation was able to reopen Trinity Road to traffic Friday morning.
NCDOT says the final pavement has not been put down, so the drive over the new tunnel will be bumpy and uneven for a while.
As for the tunnel, the contractor, Crowder Construction Company of Charlotte, has until Sept. 15 to open it to pedestrians. The $4.3 million construction contract with the state provides Crowder with financial incentives to get the tunnel open a month earlier.
NCDOT hopes to have the 25-foot-wide tunnel ready in time for N.C. State University football games, when throngs of people cross Trinity between Carter-Finley and the fairgrounds. NCSU has three home football games the first three Saturdays in September.
The tunnel will also get heavy use during the State Fair in October and during other events at PNC Arena. Work on the tunnel began in early March.