Smithfield residents, downtown businesses and Johnston County commuters aren’t sure how they will handle the scheduled closing for six to eight months of the busy U.S. 70 Business bridge over the Neuse River, starting Tuesday evening, Sept. 25. (See 9/23 Smithfield Herald story.)
The state Department of Transportation is replacing the five-lane bridge, built in 1923, at the west edge of downtown. Demolition will start this week as soon as the old bridge is closed.
The new structure will be expanded to include a pedestrian walkway on the north side and a combination bicycle-pedestrian path on the south side. D.H. Griffin Construction Co. of Raleigh won a $5.3 million contract to build the new bridge.
While the Neuse bridge is closed, the 25,000 cars and trucks that use it each day will be diverted to other routes. ... [MORE]
It's not new money. There is $15.1 million that was part of $545 million in federal stimulus (ARRA) money for fast-train improvements, announced in 2010. The $15.1 million was a small part of that big package that was not designated in advance for a particular project. And another $6.7 million (not mentioned by Szabo today) that had been marked for track improvements in that same original $545 million package.
This money is added to a $21 million federal TIGER grant -- which WAS new money -- that Raleigh won in June. Plus $466,000 announced today, to help with preliminary engineering costs. ... [MORE]
Check out this jaw-dropping video of four remarkable athletes who turn Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill locations into their personal Jackie Chan playground. [2/24/12 update: See Road Worrier column.]
What are they promoting? Public transit. This is Try Transit Week (bus rides are free today, Thursday). The "#flipfortransit" video was posted by GoTriangle, a marketing arm for transit agencies in Wake, Durham and Orange counties. (Find this and other bus-riding videos, including one with cute preschoolers, at youtube.com/gotriangle.)
And when they get back on the bus, they're not even breathing hard.
Here are the credits:
Ready to flip for transit? Follow four athletes as they use a combination of parkour, freerunning and public transportation to move around the Triangle. Athletes: Alan Tran, Ben Webster, Chris Bess, Devante Thomas Shot and edited by Dominic Sansotta Additional footage from Tyler Blackmon Special thanks to www.CanvassedApparel.com for providing athlete's clothing. To learn more about the athletes who made this project possible, visit www.ensomovement.com To see more of Dominic Sansotta's work, check out https://vimeo.com/user9508420
A new bridge and interchange that lifts Kelly Road over U.S. 64 at Apex will open for traffic Sept. 26, the state Department of Transportation said.
It was built as part of the nearby Triangle Expressway toll road project. To prepare for the new bridge opening, DOT closed an existing section of Kelly Road north from U.S. 64 to Jenks Road, on Wednesday. A detour is marked to reroute Kelly Road drivers on U.S. 64, Green Level Church Road and Jenks Road.
On a blustery day like this one, you'll want to check your flight status before you head to the airport. Now you can do that -- check for on-time or delayed arrivals and departures -- on the home page of Raleigh-Durham International Airport's new website.
RDU says its redesigned website has several improvements, including a new blog and a version designed for mobile phones (you'll find the link at the upper right corner of the main RDU page).
The most user-friendly feature is the real-time flight status info, placed prominently on the home page. So you can see, for example, that UA4676 to Newark, with departure originally scheduled for 12:52pm today, now is expected to leave at 2pm.
The state Department of Transportation says it will close the intersection of Vandora Springs Road and Buffaloe Road in Garner for two months, starting Monday, Sept. 17, for construction of a roundabout.
Traffic will be detoured north of the intersection via Old Stage Road, Woodland Drive and Timber Drive. The new roundabout intersection is expected to reopen by Nov. 16.
If you want that red light to turn green, park your bike right here.
That's the message behind this pavement marker on Farrington Road / Beaver Creek Road (SR 1008) at the U.S. 64 intersection in the Wilsonville community near Jordan Lake. You can see the diagonal cut for an embedded pavement wire sensor that tells the traffic signal you're waiting for your green light. [9/18/12 update: see today's Road Worrier column with reader comments.]
Cyclists: Do these things work? Let me hear from you. Please include your name and weekday phone contact info.
NCDOT installed this one in rural Chatham County. Local officials have installed bike detectors at traffic signals in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Charlotte, Greensboro and other burgs. (Why not Raleigh?) ... [MORE]