LUMBERTON — Robeson County motorists may want to look for an alternate route through downtown Lumberton as construction on a roundabout gets underway.
Signs went up Wednesday alerting motorists that part of Water Street is closed and pointing them to a detour around the construction site. The roundabout will replace traffic signals at the four-way intersection of Water Street, Sixth Street and Elizabethtown Road. The actual traffic circle will sit slightly north of the current intersection, requiring Sixth Street to be dead-ended at Water Street.
Motorists will be instructed to take a detour around downtown Lumberton utilizing Pine Street and East 10th Street. Signs point the way.
The new traffic pattern is intended to ease the flow of traffic through downtown Lumberton, save the expense of powering traffic signals and be safer for pedestrians. Crosswalks will be installed across three legs of the roundabout and a slip lane will be built so that drivers traveling through town on Water Street can continue straight without entering the circle.
“A roundabout will increase safety and decrease congestion. NCDOT has partnered with the city of Lumberton on design/construction of this project, which is part of Lumberton’s downtown revitalization plan,” the North Carolina Department of Transportation said in a statement announcing the start of construction.
The $1.1 million project is scheduled for completion in May 2017.
Information about road closures can be found at tims.ncdot.gov/tims.