RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Beginning Saturday, drivers heading southbound on N.C. Highway 147 in Durham will be dealing with a long-term traffic shift that will cause delays while traveling.
As part of the East End Connector project, southbound traffic will shift to new lanes that have been built down the median of the highway between the area south Briggs Aveneue (exit 10) and just north of Ellis Road (exit 8), according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.
The road will continue to have two southbound lanes, but they will be in different locations.
The shift is expected to last until around mid-June and, according to the NCDOT, will allow the safe removal, regrade, and stabilization of the current southbound section in that area as they prepare it for new concrete pavement.
Other work in the area will include building part of a new bridge on the southbound side of the road and widening a few of the existing bridges.
Southbound motorists need to pay attention to the new pattern and use extra caution while traveling through the work zone as the new traffic alignment will include having barrier rails on both sides of the roadway in some sections, the NCDOT said in a release.
Once work on the southbound side wraps up and traffic returns to its original pattern, the northbound lanes will be shifted into the median lanes for about another four months for similar work on that side.
The Connector is expected to be open in 2019.