Motorists who use Elizabeth Street regularly should expect a new lane configuration starting today.
As part of the ongoing project to reconstruct the busy thoroughfare, the N.C. Department of Transportation will close Elizabeth Street between Water and Road streets today until mid to late afternoon so that work crews can shift lanes that are open to traffic.
Randy Midgett, district field engineer for DOT, said crews from Archer Western will use the road’s temporary road closure to move concrete barriers and reconfigure traffic lanes between North Martin Luther King Drive and Water Street.
During the closure, traffic entering Elizabeth City from the Camden Causeway Bridge will be detoured south onto Water Street. Traffic at the Road Street intersection will be detoured either north or south on Road Street.
Midgett, who is overseeing the Elizabeth Street-causeway bridge reconstruction project, said he expects the newly configured pattern on Elizabeth Street to continue until mid-spring.
Under the new pattern, the access to Elizabeth Street from Elliot and Pool streets will continue to be blocked.
In addition, Martin Luther King Drive and McMorrine Street south of Elizabeth Street will no longer have access to the thoroughfare. Martin Luther King Drive north of Elizabeth Street, however, will keep its access to the street.
Poindexter Street, meanwhile, will reopen with full access to Elizabeth Street. The section of Poindexter north of Elizabeth will again allow for two-way traffic. The section of Poindexter south of Elizabeth Street will continue to be one-way.
In addition, North Water Street between Elizabeth Street and the driveways for Jennette Brothers Inc., will be closed, Midgett said.
Elizabeth Street is undergoing a complete reconstruction, which includes replacement of sewer and water pipes, new subsurface fill, and repaving.
Traffic patterns on the causeway bridge will stay the same as crews continue replacement of the eastbound drawbridge.