Hillsborough Street Phase II is in the Home Stretch

Dixie Trail Roundabout

Posted Friday, May 11

Congratulations to all the graduates this weekend! During the commencement weekend, there will be no construction activity related to the Hillsborough Street, Phase II project. But, starting next weekend construction activity ramps back up as the City’s contractor, Pipeline Utilities starts the final paving operations.

The Hillsborough Street Phase II is in the home stretch. With all three roundabouts in place, the next hurdle is the final pavement along the corridor.

Pre-paving operations are scheduled for Saturday, May 19, during a daytime Hillsborough Street closure between Gardner Street and Faircloth Street. During the street closure, crews are scheduled to repair damaged curb and gutter along the corridor and complete any storm drain and manhole repairs and adjustments that need to take place.

Starting on Sunday night, May 20, a series of nighttime street closures are scheduled while paving operations take place. Expect nighttime closures beginning Sunday night, May 20, through Thursday night May 24, and then again Tuesday night, May 29 through Sunday night, June 3, while the paving and temporary pavement striping are completed. Paving operations are weather dependent. Therefore, there may be rain delays. Any change in plans due to weather or other unforeseen problems will be advertised on the website and social media as soon as possible.

Once Hillsborough Street has its final pavement, crews will begin final paving operations on the side streets affected by the construction activity. The side street paving operations are scheduled to take place during daytime hours and may require street closures while pavement is milled and installed. More detailed information will be available in the coming weeks.

Roundabout news:

The Dixie Trail roundabout can’t be opened into the full roundabout pattern until after the paving and wedging operations are completed. Opening the roundabout in its current state would be dangerous to vehicular travel due to the height of the curb walls. The Dixie Trail roundabout will be in full operation once paving and wedging take place.

A section of The Rosemary/Shepherd Street roundabout needed to be replaced. The section is scheduled to be replaced on Friday, May 10, but traffic must stay in the two-way traffic pattern until the cement has had time to cure. Traffic is expected to be able to resume the full roundabout traffic pattern before Thursday, May 17.

Private utility news:

AT&T, Charter/Time Warner Cable, and Duke Energy are completing underground conversions along the corridor. Once this work is completed the remaining non-transmission poles along the north side of the corridor will be removed.