Drivers should expect to see new traffic patterns and detours in downtown Cary this week as streetscape construction moves into the intersection of Chatham and Academy streets, resulting in nightly and Saturday intersection closures.
Crews are expected to begin working in the intersection Monday, May 16.
“The weather is not being very cooperative, but the contractor is working to keep us on track,” said Kyle Hubert, the town’s project engineer, in an email.
The closures are expected to continue until August, according to town staff.
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To provide access to South Academy Street, particularly when the Chatham and Academy intersection is closed, traffic flow will reverse directions from one-way southbound to one-way northbound.
The $8 million project, which began in June last year, was originally expected to be done by June 1, but officials estimate it could be as late as September before work is completed.
“There’s obviously been a lot of surprises along the way,” councilman Don Frantz said in April. “But I think at the end of the day, the short-term pain will provide long-term gain. When it’s done, it will be incredibly amazing and worth the hassle.”
Here’s what you need to know:
When to expect closures
All four access points to the intersection will be closed 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through Friday and all day Saturday. Traffic will reopen Sunday at 7 a.m.
When traveling to downtown, drivers heading north on Kildaire Farm Road can access downtown using Academy Street, as one northbound lane is open, providing access to Waldo Street and Ashworth Village.
When traveling through downtown to other destinations, drivers are encouraged to use detours set up on Harrison Avenue, Walker Street and Chapel Hill Road.
C-Tran’s Route 5 heading north will use Harrison Avenue from the Cary Depot to Dry Avenue in both directions for the duration of the work. The town will place temporary stops in both directions at the Harrison Avenue and West Park Street intersection.
When the intersection of Chatham and Academy streets is closed, C-Tran’s Route 6 will detour from the East Chatham Street traffic circle to Old Durham Road and connect with the Cary Depot via Chapel Hill Road and North Academy Street. Passengers are encouraged to access the Cary Depot in downtown Cary to access local and regional transit connections.
Parking is at the Cary Depot, Cary Town Hall parking garage, the Cary Arts Center and the South Walker Street lot at the intersection of Walnut Street.
All businesses on Academy and Chatham streets will remain open during construction. Merchants and residents along both streets will have access to their properties throughout the work.
Kathryn Trogdon: 919-460-2608: @KTrogdon