Weekend Road Closures In Effect For Downtown Raleigh
Posted July 21, 2006 8:11 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH, N.C. — Progress will come with a price for motorists in downtown Raleigh this weekend as crews work to finish the Fayetteville Street project.
Starting Friday morning, sections of Hargett and Martin streets will be shut down. Crews are converting both streets from one-way to two-way traffic.
Crews hope to have the changes in place in time for the re-opening of Fayetteville Street slated for July 29. The multimillion-dollar project is seen as a big revitalization boost for downtown. Advocates said Fayetteville street will once again be a business and entertainment center like it was in the 1970s.
"This is where everything happened. This is when the governor was elected. The inaugural parades were on downtown Fayetteville Street," said Nancy Hormann, of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance. "We want to return back to that and have Fayetteville Street be the ceremonial corridor for the city."
This weekend, crews are expected to finish paving the street and put up parking signs. On Monday, the streets will re-open as two-way roads.