Durham County

Why is part of Alston Avenue closed? It’s getting a makeover.

A road project in Durham will disrupt traffic on Alston Avenue near the Durham Freeway this weekend and beyond.

Alston Avenue (N.C. 55) is being widened and a bridge over the road replaced.

A section of Alston Avenue will be closed this weekend so workers can begin preliminary work on replacing the Pettigrew Street bridge over Alston. It will be closed between the Durham Freeway and Angier Avenue from 10 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 8-11. Drivers will be detoured onto Main Street and Elizabeth Street to the Durham Freeway to get back to Alston Avenue (Exit 11).

That demolition and reconstruction of a new bridge means the section of Pettigrew Street between Briggs Avenue and Gann Street is expected to be closed until next summer. Local traffic access will still be in place, while the signed detour sends traffic on Briggs Avenue to the Durham Freeway to Fayetteville Street (exit 12A) to get back to Pettigrew Street.

The project also calls for widening of Alston Avenue for more than a mile.

The improvements are intended to reduce congestion and improve safety along the road, according to a news release.

Drivers are urged to use caution when in the area of the work zone, and to anticipate needing some extra time while traveling through the area.

Joe Johnson: 919-419-6678, @JEJ_HSNews