Cary, NC-As the Town of Cary continues to advance on its Academy Street Improvement Project, beginning May 16 and continuing into fall 2016, drivers travelling to and through downtown Cary should expect significant changes to traffic patterns and detours. Crews will begin work in the intersection of Chatham and Academy streets and will close the intersection nightly Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. and all day Saturday; they will re-open the intersection to traffic at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday and Sundays. Concurrently, crews will be working to re-open the Kildaire Farm Road and Walnut Street intersection in all directions from Kildaire Farm Road to Faculty Avenue. With that intersection re-opening, Academy Street traffic flow will change to one-way northbound between Dry Avenue and Chatham Street.
- When travelling to downtown, drivers heading north on Kildaire Farm Road can access downtown using Academy Street, as one northbound lane is open, providing access to Waldo Street and Ashworth Village;
- When travelling through downtown to other destinations, drivers are encouraged to use detours set up on Harrison Avenue and Chapel Hill Road.
C-Tran’s Route 5 heading north will use Harrison Avenue from the Cary Depot to Dry Avenue in both directions for the duration of the work. The Town will place temporary stops in both directions at the Harrison Avenue and West Park Streetintersection. During the times when the Chatham Street and Academy Street intersection is closed, C-Tran’s Route 6 will detour from the East Chatham Street traffic circle to Old Durham Road and connect with the Cary Depot via Chapel Hill Road and North Academy Street. Passengers are encouraged to access the Cary Depot in downtown Cary to access local and regional transit connections.
All businesses on Academy Street and Chatham Street remain open during construction; merchants and residents along both streets will have access to their properties throughout the work. Parking is available at the Cary Depot, Cary Town Hall parking garage, the Cary Arts Center, the South Walker Street lot at the intersection of Walnut Street.
Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes; those drivers who travel through the area should use caution.
“As we enter the final phases of the Academy Street Improvement Project, we continue to ensure access for thosewho live, work, travel and conduct business in the area. We appreciate our drivers’ and pedestrians’ patience as we work to complete the job safely,” said Kyle Hubert, Transportation Engineering Supervisor. “We look forward to the unveiling of our signature street this fall.”
This project, part of the Town’s strategy to revitalize downtown Cary, incorporates pedestrian-friendly design elements such as widened sidewalks, on-street parking and gathering areas. New street furniture, trees, and lighting are also planned. The work will add to the beauty of Academy Street, and help position the downtown area as the cultural center of the Town and a place for activities that support the downtown businesses.
The total estimated cost for the project is $8 million, which includes design and construction. Funding was approved by Cary voters as part of the 2012 Community Investment Bonds referendum.