Capital Blvd Bridge Replacements Over Peace St. & Wade Ave.
NCDOT TIP # B-5121, B-5317
Type: Bridge Replacements
Affected Counties: Wake
Estimated Cost: $40.4 to $74.6 million
The North Carolina Department of Transportation plans to replace and enhance two bridges along Capital Boulevard (US Highway 70/US Highway 401) – one over Wade Avenue that was built in 1954, and one over Peace Street that was built in 1948.
Both bridges have sufficiency ratings under 45 (out of a possible 100) and the bridge over Wade Avenue is in such bad shape that a weight limit is now posted.
But the bridges are not simply being reconstructed. The new bridges will be wider and higher, and this redesign will affect local residents and businesses, such as Finch’s Family Restaurant.
As a result of the impact on the surrounding area, these projects have been hotly contested, several public meetings were held and several designs were considered.
On April 22, 2014 the NCDOT held a public hearing and recommended Alternative P5 at Peace Street (square loop interchange – see map below) and Alternative W-Base at Wade Avenue (trumpet interchange).
You can read our descriptions of the 4 final alternatives in our 2013 blog on the Capital Boulevard Bridges.
- The Hi-Times: Bridge threatens Finch’s future
- Triangle Business Journal: Raleigh, NCDOT move forward with bridge replacements plans
- WRAL: Landmark Raleigh restaurant may lose out to road project
- News & Observer: NCDOT will air plans for Capital Boulevard bridges in Raleigh on Nov. 19
- Right of Way Acquisition – 2015
- Begin Construction – 2016
Right-of-way acquisitions are currently underway. According to the plans, over 30 parcels will be affected.
If your property will be affected, contact one of our attorneys for a free case evaluation.