Turn-lane work, tie-in paving continues on Rayford Road-Birnham Woods project
Project Update: Contractor D&W has been working on the concrete tie-ins along Rayford Road at the far west and east ends of the project. Concrete was poured earlier this week at the west end, while excavation has started on the east-end tie-in approaching Birnham Woods Drive. D&W also will continue pavement work at the Birnham Woods Rayford Road intersection for additional traffic lanes.
In addition, D&W Contractors has removed some pavement from the existing bridge and is working to construct the left-turn lane on the new bridge from Rayford Road to Spring Trails Park Drive.
As part of the ongoing work, eastbound traffic recently was shifted to the new lanes. Motorists are reminded to use caution through the work zone and pay attention to signage. Power was turned on for the new traffic signal at Rayford Road and Harmony Woods/Allegro Bend Boulevard. That intersection signal will remain in flash as a four-way stop during this phase of the project.
Construction of the traffic signals at Rayford Road and Harmony Creek/Harmony Forest Boulevard also has been completed and power should be turned on soon.
Following construction of the left-turn lane on the new bridge, traffic signals will be completed at the Rayford Road-Spring Trails Park intersection.
Construction of traffic signals at the Rayford Road-Birnham Woods Drive intersection will commence once the contractor makes more progress on widening that intersection.
When the Rayford Road-Birman Woods Drive project is completed, traffic signals will replace all-way stops at these intersections:
- Rayford Road and Birnham Woods Drive
- Rayford Road and Harmony Woods/Allegro Bend Boulevard
- Rayford Road and Spring Trails Park Drive
- Rayford Road and Harmony Creek/Harmony Forest Boulevard
Pedestrian signal poles and crosswalks will be included as part of the intersection signalization.
Scope of project: The project will widen Rayford Road to four lanes from approximately 40 feet east of Waterbend Cove to approximately 400 feet east of Birnham Woods Drive. A new concrete roadway will be constructed on the south side of the existing Rayford Road lanes to create the two new eastbound lanes. The existing road will be for the two westbound lanes along that stretch. Left-turn lanes also will be added for eastbound and westbound traffic at most of the intersections.
The construction includes an additional bridge for eastbound Rayford Road traffic just east of Spring Trails Park Drive.
The project also involves constructing traffic signals at the Rayford Road intersections with Birnham Woods, Harmony Woods/Allegro Bend, Spring Trails Park Drive and Harmony Creek/Harmony Forest. Birnham Woods Drive also will be widened to four lanes from approximately 600 feet north of Rayford Road to approximately 600 feet south of Rayford Road. All four Rayford Road-Birnham Woods Drive intersection approaches will have a dedicated left-turn lane.
Contract length: The Rayford Road-Birnham Woods Drive widening, intersection improvement and signalization project started at the end of October 2020. It is a 360-calendar day contract to complete the job.