Summer Road Construction in Orange County

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has plans for a great number of projects in Orange County this summer. WCHL wants you to know what road work you can expect to encounter in the coming months.

Assistant Resident Engineer for the NCDOT, Trevor Spencer, explains what projects have begun already and which ones are set to start later this year, beginning with the interstate resurfacing plans.

“One of the projects that we have going on right now is an interstate resurfacing project on I-85, which actually begins at the I-40/I-85 split, and goes all the way to the Durham County line,” says Spencer. “Another project we have is NC-86 resurfacing. It’s a paving contract from Whitfield Road to Business 70 in Hillsborough.”

Spencer says there are also a couple of urban widening projects and a roundabout project that will be taking place over the course of the summer.

“Another project is Smith Level Road urban widening in Carrboro, which runs from Rock Haven Road at Carrboro High School down to the NC-54 interchange. Finally, there is a roundabout project at the intersection of Irwin Road and Mount Moriah Road in Orange County near the Durham County line.”

While there will be road closings and other such roadblocks that must be implemented in order to complete the works, Spencer described the large amount of precautions that the NCDOT have and will provide for Orange County citizens in order to circumvent the road constructions, including advertising signs, detours, police assistance, and more.

Despite the amount of road projects this summer, most look to be completed before the fall, according to Spencer.

“I-85 resurfacing is expected to be complete in mid-September,” says Spencer, “NC-86 resurfacing from Whitfield Road to Business Road in Hillsborough by mid-September, Smith Level Road in Carrboro by fall of 2015, and the roundabout project at Irwin Road and Mount Moriah Road by late August of this year.”

OWASA also plans to commence work this Monday, July 14th, that will close two of the lanes heading north through South Columbia Street from Monday until Friday. There are no plans to interrupt water, sewer, or other services, as they work to determine why a valve in a water line is not functioning. It is set to be completed in mid-August.

Hillsborough Paving; OC Health Teams With Piedmont; Chatham Waste Survey

CHAPEL HILL – While Chapel Hill road construction is wrapping up with the return of students and teachers, the Town of Hillsborough is beginning some resurfacing projects this week.

The removal of failing asphalt and paving was scheduled to begin Monday on a number of roads; due to rain, that work will likely be held off until Tuesday or later with rain expected all week.

Residents and businesses that are expected to be affected by the road work will be notified through fliers when the contractors will be on their street.

The work is schedule to be completed by September 30.

Road construction will take place on the following roads:

Cates, Dana, Jamie, Pond Lilly, Robert, Sand, Uphill, Westdale, Wildaro courts

Exchange Park, Faribault, Magnolia lanes

Freeland Drive, Pointe Place, Rhonda Road, and Turner Street


The Orange County Health Department is expanding its services through a partnership with Piedmont Health in an effort to minimize the gap in affordable health services in the county.

Beginning Wednesday, Piedmont Health will provide patients within the Orange County Health Department’s Hillsborough clinic location with outreach services. The goal is to help establish primary care to those who are currently ineligible for services at the OC Health Department.

During the partnership’s pilot phase, a medical team from Piedmont Health will see patients on Wednesdays from
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Health Department’s clinic located at 300 West Tryon Street in Hillsborough. Adding
four hours of clinical time each week will enable an additional 40 patients to receive care per month. Services will
be provided by Dr. Oscar Cornelio and medical assistant, Mauricio Flores. Payment options include Medicaid,
Medicare, private insurance, and self-pay based on a sliding fee scale. Appointments can be made by calling
Piedmont Health at 336.562.3311.


The Chatham County Solid Waste and Recycling Division is seeking input from residents about various recycling programs and its collection centers.

In your summer tax bill, ChathamCounty residents will receive a green insert with a link to the survey. However, the link was printed incorrectly. The correct link is

You can also complete the survey by visiting any of the 12 collection centers or the main solid waste and recycling facility on County Landfill Road west of Pittsboro.

The survey is due September 20.