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Water Main Break and Overnight Construction on Pittsboro Water Line Project Expected to Cause Traffic Delays on U.S. 15-501

RALEIGH - Repairs will be getting under way shortly for a water main break at the Pittsboro downtown traffic circle. A contractor will use traffic cones to keep vehicles moving around the work zone, but heavy congestion is expected in the area during the evening rush hour.

The broken water main is not related to the Town of Pittsboro's waterline replacement project, which resumes tonight on U.S. 15-501 just north of the traffic circle. Beginning at 8 p.m., that work will close the roadway in both directions between Park Drive and Lindsey Street until 6 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1. The closure will allow crews to safely pour concrete over the installed waterline and put down asphalt.

Crews will open one lane of traffic at 6 a.m. on Wednesday to accommodate rush hour traffic, with flagmen directing vehicles through the work zone. The other lane is not expected to re-open until Wednesday afternoon, which will allow evening rush hour traffic to return to a normal pattern.

The project area is by the Chatham Mills shopping area, and will require Chatham Mills traffic to use the Masonic Street entrance.

The U.S. 15-501 work is expected to have a significant traffic impact through Wednesday afternoon 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 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 In addition, NCDOT now offers travel information on Twitter.


2/19/2018 7:50 AM