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NCDOT to Close West Center Street in Lexington Next Week to Remove Tree

Tree's roots are damaging the pavement, causing safety concern

RALEIGH - Next week, the N.C. Department of Transportation will close all lanes of West Center Street between Martin Street and Williams Street in Lexington to remove a large oak tree.

The roots of tree, which is located at the corner of West Center Street and Payne Street, are causing the pavement to crack, and pushing up the curb and gutter. The tree has also been hit in traffic accidents. For these safety reasons, NCDOT will cut down the tree. The limbs will be ground up and used as mulch on other department projects.

Weather permitting, the work will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, and be complete by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14. At a later date, NCDOT crews will remove the root system, and fix the pavement and curb and gutter.

While the closure is in effect, local traffic should follow the posted detour route to West Second Avenue. NCDOT recommends that commercial traffic enter uptown Lexington from the N.C. 8 or South Main Street exits.

NCDOT encourages motorists traveling through the work zone to go slow and pay attention to all posted signs.

For real-time travel information, call 511, visit or follow NCDOT on Twitter at Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type "" into the browser of your smartphone and bookmark it for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.

Photo of Tree


2/13/2018 4:26 PM