Parkway to Panther Creek High to reopen


Drivers have been forced to detour to get to the school for months while a new overpass was build for the Western Wake Freeway - part of the new 540 Triangle Expressway toll highway.

The road will open for traffic at 6 a.m. Thursday - ahead of schedule. Work on the project began in April, 2010.

The DOT says the overpass has two 201-foot bridges, each with two lanes. The westbound bridge includes a five-foot sidewalk for pedestrians. The eastbound bridge will accommodate a future 10-foot multi-use path for bicycles and pedestrians on the south side of McCrimmon Parkway.

The DOT says Thursday's opening has been coordinated with the high school, the Town of Cary and the Cary Police Department. A flashing school zone sign has been installed at the location, as well as temporary message signs on McCrimmon Parkway and at the school to alert motorists and students about the new traffic pattern.

The Western Wake Freeway section of the 540 Triangle Expressway is scheduled to open in 2012. While toll rates have not been set, the DOT says similar toll roads around the country charge between 10 and 20 cents a mile.

For more information about the McCrimmon Parkway closure and other construction projects associated with the Western Wake Freeway, click here.

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