Friday, June 24, 2011

Weekend Closures for Northbound Durham Freeway

Northbound lanes of the Durham Freeway will be closed overnight tonight, and there will also be lane closures in both the north and southbound lanes through the weekend as work continues on a N.C. Department of Transportation project to improve the highway between Swift Avenue (Exit 14) and T.W. Alexander Drive (Exit 7).

Crews will be milling off the top layer of asphalt on the inside shoulder of the northbound lanes between Briggs Avenue (Exit 10) and Fayetteville Road (Exit 12), and then re-paving the shoulder.

All northbound lanes will be closed between Ellis Road (Exit 8) and Fayetteville Road (Exit 12) from 11 p.m. on Friday, June 24, until 5 a.m. on Saturday, June 25. One lane will remain closed through the weekend between north of Ellis Road and Fayetteville Road to allow for the repaving of the inside shoulder and bridge painting. During the complete closure of the northbound lanes, there will be a
two-phased detour in place:

Friday night – Phase I - Northbound Durham Freeway closed from Briggs Avenue to south of Duke Street:
•    Exit at Briggs Avenue (Exit 10) ;
•    Turn right onto Briggs Avenue;
•    Turn left onto Pettigrew Street;
•    Turn left onto Fayetteville Road;
•    Turn right onto Jackie Robinson Drive; and
•    Use Durham Freeway northbound ramp.

Motorists who want to access Alston Avenue should turn left from Pettigrew Street onto Chatham Street. Turn left onto Gann Street, then onto Alston Avenue.  

Friday night – Phase II
– Northbound Durham Freeway closed from Ellis Road to Briggs Avenue:
•    Exit at Ellis Road (Exit 8);
•    Turn left onto Ellis Road;
•    Ellis Road will turn to the right at the intersection with Northeast Creek Parkway;
•    Follow Ellis Road for approximately 2.5 miles;
•    Turn left onto Pettigrew Street;
•    Turn left on Chatham Street;
•    Turn left on Gann Street;
•    Turn right on Alston Avenue; and
•    Turn right onto Durham Freeway northbound.

In addition, northbound left lane closures can be expected between 5 a.m. on Saturday, June 25 and 6 a.m. on Monday, June 27 from north of Ellis Road to north of Alston Avenue. On the southbound side, right lane closures will be in place from 7 p.m. on Friday until 6 a.m. on Monday from Swift Avenue to Roxboro Street.  The southbound work will also require the closure of the Parker Road ramp to the southbound Freeway.  The detour will be as follows:

Parker Road Ramp to Durham Freeway Southbound

•    Continue on Vickers Road
•    Turn left on Morehead Drive
•    Continue on Morehead Drive to Durham Freeway Southbound

NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

This is a $4.2 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project to create a smoother roadway surface, and in turn a better ride for motorists. It will also extend the life of the roadway surface, helping avoid more costly replacement work in the future. The project is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 1.

Updated travel information is available by calling 511 or online at In addition, NCDOT now offers travel information on Twitter (for more information, go to Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference.

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