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Part of Morrisville Parkway to close for a week

Posted July 23

— Morrisville Parkway between Crabtree Crossing Parkway and Bristol Creek Drive will be closed from July 28 to Aug. 3 so construction crews can prepare for a railroad bridge project.

The week-long closure will allow state Department of Transportation crews to build an on-site detour on the north side of Morrisville Parkway, which would also allow for a waterline installation.

Access to area businesses will be maintained by the contractor, the DOT said. A detour route will be in place for other motorists using Northwest Cary Parkway, High House Road and Davis Drive.

The $13.6 million project will replace a railroad crossing on Morrisville Parkway with a bridge for rail traffic. DOT officials said the bridge will reduce the risk of automobile-train collisions at the crossing, as well as relieve vehicle and train congestion.

The project also includes about 1.5 miles of railroad construction between Morrisville Carpenter Road and Cary Parkway to realign railroad curves, which officials said should improve track speeds and reduce travel times between Raleigh and Charlotte. There will also be minor roadway improvements along Morrisville Carpenter Road at Town Hall Drive, Davis Drive at Morrisville Parkway, and on N.C. Highway 54 at Weston Parkway.

The new bridge is scheduled to open by November 2016.

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