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Hillsborough Street bridge to be removed in west Raleigh

Posted November 7, 2012

— 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.

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  • shortcake53 Nov 9, 1:09 p.m.

    The bridge over the Neuse River on 64 scares the life outta me. That thing has been around since God was a baby.

  • Lone Voice in the Wilderness Nov 8, 2:32 p.m.

    Wow. I am just impressed by how efficiently all these North Carolinians are at designing roads & bridges.

    Traffic engineering geniuses. Just imagine how efficient I could be by telling you how to do *your* job.

    NOTE: I am not a state employee or even a contractor with any company. I have nothing to do with the DOT. I just amazed by the sheer audacity of people who think they can be efficiency experts.

  • chivegas Nov 8, 12:01 p.m.

    Great, tearing down a flyover to add a traffic light. I'm sure that will really "help" with congestion...

  • Dafuq Nov 8, 11:28 a.m.

    "Here is proof, tearing down a bridge designed to make traffic flow more smoothly in favor of yet another traffic light"

    Did you even bother to read the article? This bridge is 70 years old, not built in the 80's as you are implying.

  • cushioncritter Nov 8, 9:34 a.m.

    When leaders at the city and state level were pitching the virtues of "growth" in the 1980's (i.e., money for themselves and their developer friends), I knew this growth would not pay for itself. Here is proof, tearing down a bridge designed to make traffic flow more smoothly in favor of yet another traffic light. Perhaps they can also install a red light camera at the newly created "intersection" to offset the cost.

    More bridges they could tear down: Capital Blvd and Old Wake Forest, Capital Blvd and Fairview Rd., etc. These are antiquated remnants of the prosperous pre-growth Raleigh that is now just a faded memory.

  • same ole story Nov 8, 8:26 a.m.

    Another of the Freddy Smith good 'ole boy network contracts being handed to him. Just like in Johnston County that he "seems to be" the only one to get gov't contracts......

  • Frank Downtown Nov 7, 7:28 p.m.

    The need to extend Edward Mill Road South the intersect Chapel Hill Road and that would alleviate alot of back ups.

  • monkeyboy Nov 7, 5:57 p.m.

    "pork pork pork. but yet he have toll roads."

    he sho nuff do...

  • dmccall Nov 7, 5:39 p.m.

    I am really sick of Raleigh's attack on freely flowing arteries. These right angle intersections aren't any safer for pedestrians, and they create MORE hazardous, inconvenient, gas-guzzling driving.

    Changes at Western Blvd (west)/440 onramp, Six Forks/Anderson, and now this are making Raleigh a more difficult, more inconvenient place to live. Plans are to remove the ramp off of Glenwood Ave (West) onto 440E and make it another irritating, right-angle intersection for no good reason.

  • LuvLivingInCary Nov 7, 5:23 p.m.

    pork pork pork. but yet he have toll roads.

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