DOT plans lane closures in Wilson Thursday

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Lane closures will take place Thursday, March 13, in Wilson at the intersection of Raleigh Road Parkway and Heritage Drive West for the beginning stages of a signal installation project.

N.C. Department of Transportation is installing a traffic signal at this heavily-traveled location to allow for better traffic flow. The process for the multi-step project begins with the installation of traffic loops that will sense when a vehicle is at the intersection.

To install the loops, crews must cut lines in the pavement of each lane at the intersection, place the loops in the lane and then repair the road surface over the loops. One lane of the intersection will be closed at a time for this work. The closures are anticipated to begin Wednesday morning after rush hour and continue throughout the day, ending before the evening rush hour. If work is not completed on Wednesday, the lane closures will continue on Thursday.

Once the loops are installed, crews will begin putting up the signal poles, installing electrical equipment and setting up the signal itself. A schedule for the remaining steps has not been finalized at this time. Once installed, NCDOT will activate the signal on a flash for the first week to give drivers time to it. The signal will also be synchronized with others in the area to allow for as little of an impact to travel time as possible.

Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect delays. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

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