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Water Pipe Washout Caused by Collapsed Beaver Dam Closes a Granville County Road

RALEIGH - A culvert pipe collapse caused by the on-rush of water from a collapsed beaver dam has closed Sam Moss Hayes Road, northeast of Creedmor in Granville County. It appears the recent heavy rain caused a buildup of water behind the dam, which was built at the culvert that carried a creek under the road. Sometime overnight, the water pressure collapsed the dam, and the force of water washed out the pipe and a section of roadway.

An emergency repair plan is being put together, with work on the roadway expected to start Monday, May 13. The road is expected to re-open by Friday, May 24. A signed detour will get motorists around the closure by using Hester Road and U.S. 15.

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