Jones Ferry Road Reconfiguration Starts Monday

A busy stretch of Jones Ferry Road is going on a diet.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is breaking ground Monday on a road diet project that will trim travel lanes between Highway 54 and Barnes Street in Carrboro.

According to DOT officials, the half-mile span has been the site of numerous bicycle and pedestrian accidents in the past five years.

The road diet plan will reduce through lanes from four to two, and add turn lanes, a median, bike lanes, crosswalks, sidewalks and a traffic signal at Davie Road, all in an effort to improve safety.

Construction will take place daily between 7 a.m and 9 p.m. Drivers should plan for alternating lane closures and delays throughout the process, which is expected to be completed in March of next year.

Carrboro Police Seek Information In Sexual Assault Reported Sunday

The Carrboro Police Department is seeking information about a reported sexual assault from Sunday evening on Old Fayetteville Road between NC 54 and Jones Ferry Road.

The assault reportedly occurred at approximately 10:00 p.m. The victim was not able to provide the police with a description, and the victim did not know the male suspect.

Carrboro police are directing people to be aware of your surroundings and take safety precautions if you’re out after dark.

If you have any information about the case, call Investigator Coyle at 919-918-7415 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515. All calls will remain anonymous.

Firefighters Battle Blaze Near Carrboro

CARRBORO- Multiple Orange County fire departments battled a major house fire south west of Carrboro on Friday afternoon.

The blaze was first reported just before 5 o’clock. Crews trucked in water to the structure, located at 501 Old School Road off Jones Ferry Road.

The Red Cross has been contacted to help people displaced by the fire, which was reportedly under control as of 6 o’clock.

Chapel Hill Man Killed In High-Speed Car Accident

CARRBORO – High speeds were the cause of a fatal car accident in Carrboro late Sunday night.

The car of 24-year-old David Quiroz struck a tree when he was driving upwards of 100 miles per hour. At around 11:30 p.m., the Carrboro Fire and Rescue Department responded to the intersection of Jones Ferry Road and Old Greensboro Road, which is just off N.C. 54 West.

According to an email from Carrboro Town Manager David Andrews to Mayor Mark Chilton and members of the Board of Aldermen, Quiroz’s ran through a stoplight and the vehicle launched into the air and into the woods.

Fluids from the vehicle leaked into UniversityLake before crews were able to put down absorbent materials, but OWASA was contacted to tend to the issue.

According to the Daily Tar Heel, Orange County EMS Operations Manager, Kim Woodward, said Quiroz seemingly died on impact.