RALEIGH — Work on the U.S. 401 Rolesville Bypass project will close a section of Rolesville Road this weekend, starting Friday. The closure, which is weather conditional, would be in effect from 10 p.m. Friday, with the re-opening set for 6 a.m. Monday, Nov. 10, to accommodate rush hour traffic.
The closure is needed so the contractor can work on the interchange between Rolesville Road and the bypass, including installing a drainage system and putting down pavement markings for a new traffic pattern. Once the work is completed, motorists will be using a small portion of the new bypass.
During the closure, a marked detour in place will use Mitchell Mill Road, Jonesville Road and South Main Street.
The Rolesville Road closure also is conditional on the completion of work already underway for the Bypass interchange with Pulleytown Road. That road closure began Oct. 20 and is scheduled to be completed by today (Thursday). If not done by then, the Rolesville Road closure will be postponed until the weekend of Nov. 14-16 so Pulleytown and Rolesville roads won’t be closed at the same time.
Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area of the road closures and to take the detour routes into account for possible delays. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch for detour signs, be alert and obey the posted speed limit.
The work is part of a $25 million project to build 5.8 miles of the bypass between Louisbury Road and N.C. 96. It is intended to alleviate traffic congestion for commuters between Raleigh and Franklin County in one of Wake County’s fastest-growing communities.
The new roadway is south of the existing U.S. 401, and includes intersections with Jonesville Road, Rolesville Road and Pulleytown Road before being joined again by the existing highway just before reaching N.C. 96.
The contractor hopes to have the work completed by the end of the year.