DOT work will slow traffic on Forest Hills Road this week

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Starting Monday, Nov. 4, the N.C. Department of Transportation will close the inside lanes of both directions of Forest Hills Road between Tarboro Street and Wooten Boulevard in Wilson as part of a three-part project to improve traffic flow through this heavily-traveled area. 

The lanes are scheduled to reopen Friday, Nov. 8, weather permitting, with the entire project completed by mid-November.

The lane closures are necessary for crews to construct two concrete islands along Forest Hills Road. One island will approach the intersection at Tarboro Street. The other island will be located south of Walgreens and will allow traffic to turn left onto the road between Walgreens and the shopping center, but traffic on that road will be unable to turn left onto Forest Hills Road.

Message boards will alert drivers to the lane closures. Motorists are advised to expect delays when traveling through this area and are encouraged to allow additional time to reach their destination.

Also on Monday, the traffic signal that was recently installed at the intersection of Forest Hills Road and Wooten Boulevard will be activated on a flash basis.Traffic on Wooten Boulevard will have a flashing red light and traffic on Forest Hills Road will have a flashing yellow light. The signal will be fully activated by the end of next week.

The project also includes the construction of additional left-turn lanes on northbound Forest Hills Road and eastbound Tarboro Street. Crews completed the new turn lanes last week, and all four sides of theintersection now have dual left-turn lanes. Additional lane closures will be scheduled at this intersection when the islands on Forest Hills Road are complete to allow crews to install new traffic signal loops under the pavement.

NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

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