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Traffic Delays Expected As Pittsboro Water Line Project Closes Lane of U.S. 15-501 for Most of the Week

RALEIGH - Drivers on U.S. 15-501 just north of the downtown traffic circle in Pittsboro will encounter lane closures starting tonight and throughout the week as crews make roadway repairs as part of the town's waterline replacement project.

Starting at 7 p.m. tonight, crews will close a 1,000-foot section of the southbound lane of the highway between Park Drive and Thompson Street. A flagman operation will be in place for traffic control.

Concrete work will take place overnight, and asphalt paving will start in the morning. The initial closure is expected to remain in place until Tuesday afternoon, with the contractor planning to have both lanes open for the evening rush hour. The same schedule will be in place each night through Thursday night, April 25, weather permitting.

The work is expected to have a significant traffic impact and drivers are urged to avoid the area if possible. For commuters traveling between Sanford and Chapel Hill, an alternate route is U.S. 64 Bypass. Northbound N.C. 87 drivers should remain on that highway until getting to the Bypass, then go east to get to U.S. 15-501. Southbound motorists should head west on the Bypass, and then follow N.C. 87 south to US 15-501.

Since there will be significant night-time work with flagmen on the roadway, NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. Updated travel information is also available by calling 511 or online at www.ncdot.gov/travel. In addition, NCDOT now offers travel information on Twitter.

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2/19/2018 7:50 AM

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