Expect travel delays on portions of Hillsborough Street for the next several weeks as a pair of resurfacing projects are completed.
The work will result in smoother, and also narrower, sections of roadway – one near downtown and one just west of N.C. State University.
Businesses along the street could see disruptions, said Jeff Murison, director of the Hillsborough Street Community Service Corp., a nonprofit that manages and promotes the district.
“It’s beneficial that it’s the summer during the slow season,” he said. “Students are away. I’m sure there will be momentary blips of disruption when work is being done. When it’s over, we will have a much improved street.”
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The city is scheduled to begin paving Tuesday from Park Avenue to Woodburn Road, and the work should wrap up within one to two days, city officials said.
The street will be reduced to one travel lane in each direction with a center-turn lane – a change to create space for bike lanes on both sides and on-street parking in front of the YMCA.
Currently, the section of Hillsborough Street near the YMCA has five travel lanes, a wide expanse that can be difficult to cross.
In a separate project, the state expects to begin resurfacing work Monday between Gardner and Gorman streets. The project will also change the traffic pattern along that stretch of roadway to one lane in each direction with a middle turn lane.
The state project will take longer to complete. Crews will take a break the weekend of June 9 so the work does not interfere with the running of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Hillsborough Street.
Crews are expected to begin milling and paving the weekend of June 16, and the project is scheduled to end by July 16.
Because Hillsborough Street is a busy commuter route, there will be no lane closures for NCDOT’s project during morning and evening rush hour periods. At other times, traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction while work is under way.
The work represents another phase of renovations along Hillsborough Street, which two years ago received a $10 million makeover in front of the university.