OWASA Replacing Water Pipe on Rosemary Street

If you drive on West Rosemary Street regularly, expect some traffic delays for the next two days.

Orange Water and Sewage Authority plan to do water pipe replacement work starting Tuesday and continuing into Wednesday.

The construction will close one lane on West Rosemary Street from nine o’clock in the morning until four o’clock in the afternoon.

One lane will remain open for traffic, but OWASA encourages drivers to take an alternative route during the time of construction.

Officials say the purpose of the water pipe replacement is to maintain reliable water services to those in the area.


Wednesday Morning Vehicle Fire Cleared from Fordham Boulevard

***UPDATE: Both accidents have been cleared and traffic is back to normal in both directions.***

Multiple wrecks have been reported on Fordham Boulevard Wednesday morning.

The obstructions are causing major delays near the junction with 15-501 in southern Chapel Hill.

Traffic heading north on Fordham is backed up to the exit from 15-501 due to an accident near Manning Drive.

Chapel Hill Police said the obstruction in the northbound lanes is a vehicle on fire.

In the southbound lanes, construction near Manning Drive and a wreck between Raleigh Road and Manning Drive is causing backups as well.

Chapel Hill Fire officials are saying that delays are expected to last until early Wednesday afternoon.

Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area if possible.


Earlier Accident Caused Major Problems on 15-501 Near I-40

An accident on US 15-501 southbound in Chapel Hill just south of I-40 caused major traffic trouble for commuters on Tuesday afternoon.  The accident blocked the right two lanes of travel on US 15-501.




Community Meeting on Southern Village Traffic Study Tuesday

The Town of Chapel Hill is conducting a study to receive feedback for traffic concerns and solutions on the streets in Southern Village.

The meeting is at 6:30 Tuesday evening in Ascension Hall at the Christ United Methodist Church.

Residents can also provide feedback on traffic concerns by taking the survey. For more information click here.


I-85 South Reopened in Orange County After Wreck

UPDATE: The earlier accident that was blocking I-85 south near Mile Marker 163 has been moved to the shoulder.  All lanes are open.

A vehicle accident has closed I-85 south near Mile Marker 163 between Efland and Hillsborough on Monday, transportation officials confirmed.

I-85 backup via Google

I-85 backup via Google

The state Department of Transportation tweeted that the road was closed just after noon on Monday near the I-85/I-40 merger.

DOT cameras showed an overturned vehicle blocking all travel lanes. It appears traffic is being allowed to pass through on the shoulder.

Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area if possible. There is no timeline for when the road will be cleared.

Information will be added to this post as it is made available.


Traffic Returns to Normal on Estes Drive After Wreck

****UPDATE: Traffic is flowing normally once again on Estes Drive.****

A wreck on Estes Drive has shut down traffic in both directions, multiple motorists have told WCHL.

One witness reported that emergency crews were on the scene.

The accident appears to have occurred between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Phillips Middle School.

There is no word at this time from Chapel Hill Police regarding the severity of the accident.

This story will be updated as any new information is made available.


Accident Closes 2 Lanes on 86 North of Weaver Dairy

A multi-car wreck involving an Orange Bus has closed two of the three lanes on Highway 86 heading north just past Weaver Dairy Road.

There is no word on the cause of the accident.

Emergency officials and tow trucks were on the scene attempting to clear the roadway just before 11 o’clock Wednesday morning.

There is no estimate yet on when the road will be completely reopened.

More information will be added to this story as it is made available


Leaking Water Pipe Closes Portion of Rosemary Street

****UPDATE: The road has been reopened and water services has been restored.****

A water leak has shut down a portion of Rosemary Street on Monday afternoon.

A release says a crew is working to repair a leaking water pipe on East Rosemary near Spring Lane, which has closed Rosemary Street in the area.

The water leak is about 60 feet west of where the contractor repaired a broken water pipe on April 12, according to officials.

The repair is expected to take several hours and OWASA has interrupted water service for customers along Spring Lane.


Tar Heel 10 Miler To Shut Down Roads In Chapel Hill

With an estimated 7,000 runners participating in the Tar Heel 10 Miler on Saturday, April 23, a number of roads across the town will be shut down.

Police officers will be posted to guide people to their destination safely.

The closures will be:

Raleigh Road 6-10 a.m.

Franklin Street 7:15-9 a.m.

Franklin St. will be closed between Estes Dr. and Merritt Mill Rd. Only local through traffic will be allowed for residents living between Estes Drive and Park Place.

Historic Rosemary 7:30-8:15 a.m.

The following roads will be closed within the Historic Rosemary neighborhood. Should you wish to exit, please do so by 7:30 a.m.

  • Hillsborough Street from Franklin to North streets
  • North Street from Hillsborough to Boundary streets
  • Boundary Street from North to Franklin streets
  • East Rosemary Street from Hillsborough to Boundary streets

Battle Park 7:30-8:45 a.m.

Gimghoul Road 7:30-9:30 a.m.

Greenwood Road 8:15-9:20 a.m.

Laurel Hill 8:30-10 a.m.

All other roads along the course will be closed and then reopened on a rolling basis as the runners pass by the various areas on the course.

Police and course monitors will be positioned at each intersection on the course. Vehicles will not be allowed on the course once that section of roadway has been closed.

The roadways will clear and normal traffic is expected to resume by 10 a.m.


Water Main Break Forces Road Closure in Downtown Chapel Hill

A portion of East Rosemary Street is closed early Tuesday morning due to a water main break, according to town officials.

A release says East Rosemary is closed between Henderson and Hillsborough Streets.

There is no word on the cause of the break or a timeline for when it will be repaired and the road allowed to be reopened.

An informational release from OWASA says that 50 houses are without water due to the repairs.

OWASA officials say the repairs are expected to take eight to 12 hours. Customers whose water service is interrupted are welcome to call OWASA at (919) 537-4292 to get bottled water.