Midland Road project

Construction work is underway at the new roundabout on Midland Road, at the Central Driver (N.C. 22) intersection.    Ted Fitzgerald/The Pilot

The state Department of Transportation will close the U.S. 1 south bound ramp for Midland Road (N.C. 2), beginning Wednesday, Aug. 14, for a two-week construction period.

Traffic needing to access Midland Road east to Southern Pines will need to use the next exit at Pennsylvania Avenue, turning left and re-entering U.S. 1 North bound and returning to the north bound Midland Road exit. Travelers may also use Pennsylvania Avenue to reach Southern Pines.

The ramp is scheduled to reopen on Friday, Aug. 30.

Work on Midland Road at the U.S. 1 interchange and the new roundabout at Central Drive/N.C. 22 began in early June.

Traffic has been fully detoured on Midland Road, around the roundabout area since June 17, and will continue through the 75-day construction period. Midland Road is expected to reopen by Saturday, Aug. 31.

Barnhill Contracting Co. was awarded the $2.8 million contract earlier this year, according to Aaron Moody, N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) Division 8 communications officer. The company is one of the state’s largest general contractors.

During the detour period, Midland Road traffic is directed to follow Pee Dee Road to access Central Drive, and West Pennsylvania Avenue to U.S. 1 through Southern Pines to access to Midland Road on the east side of the work zone.

The project is one of many safety improvements recommended in the comprehensive Midland Road Corridor Study.

The N.C. 22 roundabout project and access improvements at the U.S. 1 interchange were singled out early in the planning process by DOT because of significant safety concerns.

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