Traffic

Lanes to narrow on Peace Street in advance of bridge replacement

Posted September 6

The state and city are working on a plan to replace the Capital Boulevard bridge over Peace Street.

— Pretty soon, Peace Street will narrow to one lane in each direction near Capital Boulevard north of downtown Raleigh so crews can install a culvert as part of the Capital Boulevard bridge replacement project.

The change was supposed to start early Thursday, but the state Department of Transportation put it off until at least Sunday because wet conditions overnight would interfere with putting down new lane lines. Hurricane Irma could further delay the work, which is expected to last until next summer, officials said.

The bridge over Peace Street is 67 years old, and its replacement is part of a complete revamp of the interchange, officials said. The square loop-shape interchange that will be installed will eliminate the ramp directly to Peace Street from southbound Capital Boulevard. Instead, drivers will travel over the new bridge and use Johnson and Harrington streets to access Peace Street at a traffic light.

New bike lanes and wider sidewalks are also included in the project, which is part of a $36.9 million package of improvements that also puts a new bridge and ramp on Wade Avenue over Capital Boulevard.

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