Raleigh, N.C. — Work is expected to begin after Thanksgiving on realigning Hillsborough Street and Western Boulevard at Jones Franklin Road in west Raleigh, officials said Wednesday.
The state Department of Transportation awarded a $2.7 million contract to Fred Smith Co. to tear down the eastbound Hillsborough Street bridge over westbound Western Boulevard and eliminate the curved roadway there. The project calls for realigning Hillsborough Street to a right-angle, level-grade intersection with Western Boulevard and adding sidewalks on all three roads.
The 70-year-old bridge being demolished is considered functionally obsolete and structurally deficient. Officials said the bridge is safe, but it wasn't built to current design standards and is unable to properly handle the volume of traffic it carries.
Lanes on Western Boulevard and Hillsborough Street won't be closed during rush hours, and lane closures also won't be allowed during nearby special events at the State Fairgrounds, PNC Arena and Carter-Finley Stadium, officials said.
The project is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 1.