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Section of U.S. 301 to close for weekend

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Construction of a new bridge spanning Sunset Avenue over Wesleyan Boulevard will temporarily close Weslayan this weekend.

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Construction of a new bridge spanning Sunset Avenue over Wesleyan Boulevard will temporarily close Wesleyan Boulevard this weekend.

Traffic will be diverted off Wesleyan Boulevard to allow workers to install the new steel bridge girders for the Sunset Avenue overpass bridge, said Andrew Barksdale, a spokesman for NCDOT Division 4, which includes Nash County.

A state Transportation Department contractor needs to close the boulevard, which is U.S. 301, at Sunset Avenue beginning at 3 a.m. Saturday. The contractor plans to finish the installation and reopen the boulevard to traffic by 5 a.m. Monday, Barksdale said.

The following detours will be used:

For northbound Wesleyan Boulevard traffic, turn right onto May Drive, then left onto Sunset Avenue, which is U.S. 64 Business, then take the U.S. 301 Northbound on-ramp.

For southbound boulevard traffic, take the off-ramp exit at Sunset Avenue, go across the interchange and re-enter the boulevard using the on-ramp.

NCDOT last year awarded a $28 million contract to PLT Construction of Wilson to add a travel lane in each direction to a two-mile segment of Wesleyan Boulevard between May Drive and Benvenue Road, next to the Golden East Crossing mall, Barksdale said.

As part of the project, the contractor is replacing the Sunset Avenue bridge, which was closed last fall. The new bridge is expected to open by early next year.

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