Traffic Alert – US 1/Capital Boulevard

The first phase of improvements along US 1/Capital Boulevard designed to make way for the new Sam’s Club wholesale store in Wake Forest is scheduled to begin this weekend.

Starting Friday, Nov. 20, at approximately 7 p.m. through late Sunday night, Nov. 22, work crews will install asphalt and barrier walls along the road shoulders of US 1/Capital Boulevard from the Dr. Calvin Jones Highway/NC 98 Bypass to just north of South Main Street/US 1A. For the safety of the workers, the improvements will require the temporary closure of the northbound and southbound outside (right) lanes during this period.

Following the installation of the barrier walls throughout the project limits, the outside lanes will reopen to traffic.

No detours will be in place. For drivers who wish to miss the work zone completely, alternate routes such as Falls of Neuse Road and side roads that parallel US 1/Capital Boulevard remain available.

With construction crews working near open travel lanes, motorists are reminded to slow down, allow extra time for traveling through the work zone and keep space open between their vehicle and those in front of them. The narrowed lanes and barriers alongside the roadway will leave almost no room for driver error, so the faster a driver is going, the less time there is to react and try to avoid a crash if there is a sudden change in the traffic ahead.

That means for the short time it takes to go through the work zone, drivers need to pay close attention to the traffic around them and the road itself. Drivers should also remember the speed limit is 55 m.p.h. According to the NC Department of Transportation, more than one-fifth of all reported wrecks in North Carolina last year involved drivers not giving their full attention to their surroundings.

The NCDOT 2014 Traffic Crash report shows that across the state, more than 22 percent of all accidents involved distracted drivers, and the danger is only magnified in a work zone.

Add to that, speeding can cost a lot of money, even if you don’t crash. A speeding ticket conviction means a driver will pay a fine and court costs, get points on a license and, if it is in a work zone, pay an additional $ 250.

Advance warning message boards will be in place to alert motorists no later than Wednesday, Nov. 18.

The Town of Wake Forest provides this information as a public service. Motorists are reminded that weather and road conditions can change rapidly and should plan accordingly. When traveling through a construction area, drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians are asked to be patient, proceed with caution and obey flaggers at all times. Planned road closures and restrictions are necessary to allow for a variety of work. Dates, times and work locations are subject to change due to inclement weather or last-minute changes in work schedules.

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