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Optimist Farm Road in Wake County Re-Opens

RALEIGH - Drivers who have been detouring around the closure of a section of Optimist Farm Road south of Raleigh the past month can return to their regular route. The road re-opened late this afternoon after an emergency pipe replacement project.

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 to avoid having to deal with the same problem again.

The new larger pipe arrived last week and was installed, with prep work for re-opening the road and paving wrapping up today. Crews will still have to put down permanent lane markings so the N.C. Department of Transportation reminds motorists to use extra caution in the area, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

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2/15/2018 5:23 PM