After Monday, Feb. 8, drivers will need to avoid the section of Morrisville Parkway behind Park West Village shopping center for at least the next six months.
Work will start at 9 a.m. on raising the railroad tracks there above the road, so future drivers no longer will be impeded by trains. But building the bridge is projected to finish in August, or later.
Local officials, including Morrisville Mayor Mark Stohlman and Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht have said they anticipate delays in traffic along other nearby roads throughout the project.
In the meantime, drivers who normally travel on Morrisville Parkway between Bristol Creek Drive and Crabtree Crossing Parkway will need to take a detour.
Drivers to the south can take High House Road and Cary Parkway to get between N.C. 54 and Davis Drive – or further west, to N.C. 55. To the north, Morrisville-Carpenter Road runs between the two highways.
Officials at the N.C. Department of Transportation are suggesting that people use the southern detour. The roads there are less congested than Morrisville-Carpenter and the northern sections of N.C. 54, which is only two lanes.
In addition to helping with traffic and safety, DOT officials said the bridge construction is also part of a plan to create a railroad track between Raleigh and Charlotte with as few street crossings as possible.
“There will also be minor roadway improvements along Morrisville Carpenter Road at Town Hall Drive, Davis Drive at Morrisville Parkway, and N.C. 54 at Weston Parkway,” the DOT said in a news release. “All the work should wrap up in late spring 2017.”
The $19.6 million project is funded by the federal bailout, also known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
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