MLK Reopened — Downed Power Lines Close MLK

By Ran Northam Posted August 8, 2014 at 9:45 am

Story originally posted 6:08 a.m., August 8, 2014

The North Carolina Department of Transportation reported Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd between Critz Drive and Piney Mountain Road reopened at 9:45 a.m. Friday.

Chapel Hill Police responded to Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd at around 10:00 p.m. Thursday when a tree fell taking down power lines across one of Chapel Hill’s major thoroughfares.

Officers promptly closed all lanes in both directions to vehicular traffic between Critz Drive and Piney Mountain Road. As of 5:45 a.m. Friday, the CHPD Watch Commander told WCHL utility crews estimate the reopening of the roadway to be between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m.

Power was knocked out in the immediate area at the time the lines fell, according to Chapel Hill Police. As of 6:00 a.m. Friday, Duke Energy was not reporting any outages in the area.

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