Chapel Hill Intersection Being Converted to All-Way Stop

The intersections of Dogwood Acres Drive at Northside Drive in Chapel Hill are being altered into permanent all-way stops on Tuesday, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Officials said the change was being made after town officials submitted a request and a DOT investigation found safety concerns.

“We investigated the three intersections and found that the sight distance was not sufficient along this portion of roadway,” said Division Seven Deputy Traffic Engineer Mark Aldridge.

Crews will be working to make the changes between nine o’clock Tuesday morning and five o’clock in the evening.

The DOT offers these reminders for drivers approaching the four-way stop.

  • The first vehicle to the intersection has the right of way ahead of any vehicle that has not yet arrived
  • When two or more vehicles reach an intersection at the same time, the vehicle to the right has the right of way
  • The vehicle with the right of way may move straight ahead or, if legal and after signaling, turn left or right
  • When two facing vehicles approach an intersection at the same time, both drivers can move straight ahead or turn right. If one driver is going straight while the other wants to turn left, the driver who wants to turn left must wait. The driver who is traveling straight ahead has the right of way; and
    Even with the right of way, remember to use the appropriate turn signals and be careful to avoid hitting other vehicles and pedestrians.

HWY 57 Reopens in Orange County After Wreck

***UPDATE: DOT maps show that the wreck has been cleared up and the road has reopened in both direction.***

Highway 57 is closed in both directions on Thursday due to a vehicle wreck in northern Orange County.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation tweeted that the wreck had closed the road near Kiger Road just before one o’clock Thursday afternoon.

Officials have not said how long they anticipate they expect the road to be closed.

There is no word on the severity of the wreck.

Expansion of OWASA Construction Hours May Impact Morning Commutes

Construction work will be closing through traffic on East Rosemary Street beginning Wednesday morning earlier than normally scheduled.

Officials with Orange Water and Sewer Authority say contractor work will begin at seven o’clock Wednesday morning and will run until five o’clock in the evening. That schedule will be replicated on Thursday.

The contractor will resume normal work hours on Friday with work occurring from nine o’clock in the morning until four in the afternoon.

The water line project may be completed in the spring of 2017, but weather and other factors may delay the work between now and then.

The project also included work on portions of Hillsborough and Henderson Streets to “maintain reliable water service including water for fire protection when needed,” according to a release.

One Southbound Lane of 15/501 Closed in Southern Chapel Hill

****UPDATE: DOT officials say that the northbound lane has reopened. The southbound center lane remains closed.***

A vehicle crash has closed multiple lanes of 15/501 in southern Chapel Hill Wednesday.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation tweeted that the accident occurred just after 2:45 Wednesday afternoon.

The DOT’s website shows that the southbound center lane is closed along with the right lane closed heading northbound.

The wreck immediately began causing traffic delays before the afternoon commute. Motorists should expect delays or avoid the area.

Shortly after three o’clock the delays were extending into Chatham County on the northbound side of the roadway.

We will update this post with any additional information.

Head-On Collision Leaves One Dead

Thursday night, a head-on collision on Raleigh Road near campus left one driver dead.

Chapel Hill Police say the accident took place around 9:39 pm near the intersection of Raleigh Road and Greenwood Road. One vehicle was apparently traveling west in the eastbound lane and ran into another.

One of the drivers was pronounced dead at UNC Hospitals; the other driver was treated for minor injuries at the scene and released.

Officials have not yet released the names of the individuals involved. The police investigation is ongoing; WCHL will provide additional information as we receive it.

OWASA Pipe Replacement Closing Portion of East Rosemary Street

Replacement of a water pipe is causing East Rosemary Street to be closed to through traffic between Hillsborough and Henderson Streets.

The roadway will be closed from nine o’clock in the morning until four o’clock in the afternoon on weekdays beginning Monday.

Officials say the project “may be completed in the spring of 2017, but the timetable is subject to change due to weather and other factors.”

Driveway access along the closed portion of the roadway could be impacted when contractors are installing a pipe directly in front of a driveway. Officials say the contractor will notify those who will be affected in advance.

Drivers using the route for through traffic are asked to use alternative routes until the work is completed.

More information on the project is available at OWASA’s website.

I-40 WB Accident Near I-85 Merge Causes Friday Afternoon Traffic Trouble

An accident on I-40 approaching the merge to I-85 (Mile Marker 259) caused trouble for Friday afternoon commuters headed west in Orange County.  The left lane was blocked for westbound motorists.  Eventually, the wreckage was moved off of the road.

Drivers experienced stop and go traffic on I-40 westbound between New Hope Church Road and I-85.  There was also slow traffic for eastbound motorists.

Car Wreck Closes NC-86 in Northern Orange County

Authorities say one victim has been life flighted to a local trauma center with serious injuries after a wreck on NC-86 near Hawkins Road in northern Orange County.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation tweeted the accident closed the roadway entirely.

ABC11 reported the crash was a head-on collision with an overhead photo from their helicopter.

There is no timeline for when the road will be reopened.

Fordham Boulevard Reopens After Crash in Chapel Hill

***UPDATE: Chapel Hill Police say the roadway reopened and the traffic signal began working at 3:30 Wednesday morning.***

Power lines are down and traffic signals are out at Fordham Boulevard and Sage Road after an accident in Chapel Hill Tuesday.

Chapel Hill Police officials say a passenger vehicle struck a power pole, which caused the power lines to fall and knocked out power to the traffic signals. Witnesses say police are directing traffic through the busy intersection.

Fordham Blvd

Fordham Blvd. Photo via NCDOT

Southbound lanes of Fordham Boulevard and Old Durham Road near Sage Road are currently closed. Police say side streets in the area are heavily congested and that drivers should expect significant delays.

Police are asking motorists and pedestrians to avoid the area if at all possible.

Repair crews expect the intersection and surrounding area to remain closed or congested until after five o’clock Tuesday evening.

Crash Blocks I-85 Southbound Near Hillsborough Tuesday Morning

An accident on I-85 southbound at mile marker 169 blocked travel on the interstate Tuesday morning.

The crash happened near US-70 in Orange County between Durham and Hillsborough.

The accident was eventually cleared from the roadway and normal traffic patterns resumed.