The contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation Tryon Road realignment and bridge replacement project in south Raleigh plans to close a portion of Junction Boulevard/Ileagnes Road between the current Tryon Road and what will be the new alignment of the road, starting Monday, Feb. 15.
The week-long closure will allow workers to safely continue getting the area ready for a shift to the new alignment. A signed detour will have drivers using Grenelle Street, Olympia Drive and Ileagnes Road to get around the closure.
The $7.8-million Tryon Road project is widening and improving the road west of U.S. 70/401/N.C. 50, as well as replacing the 80-year-old bridge over Norfolk Southern Railway tracks. It will eliminate two sharp curves east of the existing bridge by realigning the road to go through the Renaissance Park development. The new bridge will be located north of the current location.
Tryon Road will be upgraded to four lanes between U.S. 70/401/N.C. 50 and Par Drive. Eventually, the City of Raleigh plans to extend the widening to four lanes to Lake Wheeler Road.
Because Tryon Road is a commuter route, work is being done at night, with no lane closures or restrictions allowed between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling through the work zone and to expect delays. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
A portion of the project is expected to be finished late this year, and all work completed by May 2017.