Wade Avenue is closed again this weekend, but a different ramp is reopening soon

More changes are coming to the stretch of Capital Boulevard between downtown and Wade Avenue, and they begin with another detour for traffic on inbound Wade this weekend.

The ramp from Wade on to southbound Capital will be closed starting at 9 p.m. Friday, so workers can replace concrete with new asphalt. Traffic headed downtown will be detoured on to Glenwood Avenue south toward Peace Street.

The ramp could remain closed until early Monday morning, but may open earlier, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.

The closure is a prelude to the reopening of the ramp from Wade Avenue on to northbound Capital Boulevard sometime next week. The ramp was closed in October when workers began to dismantle the old bridge that carried it over Capital. One side of the new bridge, which drivers on northbound Capital use to get on to Wade, opened in December.

NCDOT says the other side of the bridge will open next week, weather permitting, though the exact date has not been set yet.

Then, northbound traffic coming out of downtown on Capital Boulevard will soon be shifted onto a new bridge over Peace Street. That’s expected to take place next weekend.

The new bridges at Wade Avenue and Peace Street are part of a larger project to remake a 1-mile stretch of Capital Boulevard just north of downtown. The $36.9 million project also entails realigning the road, adding sidewalks and a 10-foot grassy median and reconfiguring the interchange at Peace.

The work is expected to be finished by Nov. 1, according to NCDOT.

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