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Optimist Farm Road in Wake County Could Re-Open Later this Week

RALEIGH - Drivers who have been detouring around the closure of a section of Optimist Farm Road south of Raleigh the past month because of a pipe washout could return to their regular route later this week.

Heavy rain on August 12 washed out the pipe that runs under Optimist Farm Road between Lake Wheeler Road and Johnson Pond Road. After studying the cause of the washout, it was decided the destroyed pipe would be replaced with a larger pipe that will be able to better handle increased water volume in cases of major storms.

The new larger pipe arrived last week and has been installed, with water already flowing through it. Prep work for the re-paving of the road is taking place early this week, and weather permitting, paving could start Wednesday and wrap up in time to open the road as early as Thursday.

The N.C. Department of Transportation reminds motorists to watch signs for road closure and detour information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit or follow NCDOT on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type into the browser of your smartphone. Then bookmark it to save for future reference.



2/15/2018 5:23 PM