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Durham Freeway spur to be closed for Triangle Parkway construction

Posted August 23, 2011 7:25 a.m. EDT

— Part of the Durham Freeway will be closed permanently in early September and re-routed to join with the new Triangle Parkway.

The section of N.C. Highway 147 South known as the spur, which goes south of Interstate 40 and ends at T.W. Alexander Drive, will close on Sept. 6.

All drivers will need to exit N.C. 147 South at Exit 5A to Interstate 40 East or Exit 5B to Interstate 40 West.

Motorists traveling south on N.C. 147 needing to access T.W. Alexander Drive should use the following detour:

  • N.C. 147 to I-40 West to N.C. Highway 55 (Exit 278) to N.C. Highway 54 to T.W. Alexander Drive

Motorists traveling on T.W. Alexander Drive needing to access N.C. 147 North should use the following detour:

  • T.W. Alexander Drive to N.C. 54 to N.C. 55 to I-40 East to N.C. 147

Motorists traveling on I-40 needing to access T.W. Alexander Drive should use the following detour:

  • I-40 to N.C. 55 (Exit 278) to N.C. 54 to T.W. Alexander Drive

Once construction is complete in December, the Durham Freeway will connect to the Triangle Parkway, which will run to N.C. Highway 540 in Morrisville. It's part of the larger Triangle Expressway, a toll road that will run 18.8 miles from Durham to Holly Springs.

North Carolina Department of Transportation and Turnpike Authority staff will hold a public meeting Aug. 30 to talk with Research Triangle Park workers about the construction. The meeting will take place 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the North Carolina Biotechnological Center, 15 T.W. Alexander Drive.