On or after Monday, April 8, crews will be closing S.R. 261 to allow the project to move into its next phase. The roadway will be officially closed from the junction of S.R. 66 to the junction of S.R. 62 for through traffic. The detour re-routes motorist using S.R. 66, Interstate 164 and S.R. 62. Local traffic will have access on S.R. 261 to the point of closure.
Construction activities will close S.R. 261 from Plank Road to Jenner Road. Currently the road has two, twelve-foot lanes with two-foot paved shoulders. This project will reconstruct the roadway so that there are two, fourteen-foot lanes with six-foot paved shoulders. It will also include the construction of a right turn lane for northbound and left turn lane for southbound traffic into the Lake Ridge Subdivision.
While the closure is in place access will be maintained for all property owners, however that access may not be in its current location. The entrance will be temporary and made of stone. Contractor’s crews will maintain these access points throughout the closure.
The $12.1 million dollar project includes upgrading S.R. 261 from three to five lanes (2 lanes in each direction with a center turn lane) from State Road 66 to Fuquay Road. From Fuquay, the roadway will be upgraded to three lanes (one lane in each direction with a center turn lane) to Old Plank Road. The roadway continues north as two, fourteen-foot lanes to Jenner Road with dedicated turn lanes into the Lake Ridge Subdivision and improved shoulders. The project also includes realignment of the Fuquay intersection with S.R. 261, sight distance improvements and a new stop light at the intersection of S.R. 261 and Peachwood Drive.
The roadway is expected to re-open to through traffic in November and the projected overall completion date of the project is April 2014.
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