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Three years later, Lake Dam Road closure continues to frustrate drivers

Posted March 21
Updated March 22

— Lake Dam Road has now been closed for three years because of structural deficiencies.

Joe Matthews said he is even more frustrated now by the inconvenient detour.

“It’s the three-year anniversary, and still there still hasn’t been anything done out here,” Joe Matthews said.

“There’s a lot of people here, and it’s a big inconvenience to go around it.” Matthews said.

Eric Lamb, the city's transportation planning manager, said the plan has been delayed for several reasons, including the city being unprepared for the emergency closure.

Planners also decided to build a larger bridge and have been dealing with right-of-way and utility concerns.

“The project has taken a little longer to get the full design completed,” Lamb said. “We're looking to put this project out on the street for bids by late spring and the goal is to have it open by early next year.”

There is good news for drivers. They soon will get a nearby alternate route.

The Department of Transportation had to close the Trailwood Road bridge early last year because of safety concerns. The new one is almost finished and should be open in the next few weeks.

Matthews is looking forward to some relief.

“It's obviously not a priority or else something would be done already,” he said.

The new bridge will cost about $1.5 million.

Once it's open, the Department of Transportation will begin replacing the nearby Avent Ferry Road bridge over Lake Johnson.


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  • Robert Miller Mar 22, 2017
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    Is this not also a safety issue? How do these folks get to the hospital via a 911 call? I agree with the post about no one around with political influence. Wherever you live, this should tick you off! This buffoonery has names attached to it...Bet they don't live on Lake Dam Road!

  • Fred Holt Mar 21, 2017
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    Maybe they'll add a "south of downtown" toll to the road, like DOT does for 540.

  • Fred Holt Mar 21, 2017
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    City of Raleigh knows nobody of political stature is over in this area and inconvenienced. 3 years is completely inexcusable - and they're just now apparently thinking about what they ought to do about it. If this happened in Brier Creek, Oakwood, N Raleigh, or anywhere north of Hillsboro street - they'd have fixed it in 6 months tops.

  • Mary James Mar 21, 2017
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    As someone that lives near this, it is beyond frustrating. NCDOT isn't exactly the best & the brightest, this is a prime example of why.

  • Thomas Williams Mar 21, 2017
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    “The project has taken a little longer to get the full design completed,” Lamb said.

    Taken a little longer ..... A little longer? strange that they tore it down without a way to get it replaced in a reasonable time frame. Sounds like they jumped the gun without having all the plans in place. It is absurd that it has been out of service this long, just poor planning.