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.


Estes Drive Reopens After Saturday Morning Wreck

****UPDATE: Police say just after 7:30 Saturday night that Estes Drive has reopened.****

A crash in Chapel Hill on Saturday morning has closed a portion of Estes Drive.

Chapel Hill Police say a power pole was struck as a result of a single-car crash.

Estes Drive is closed between Library Drive and Caswell Road. Photo via Google.

Estes Drive is closed between Library Drive and Caswell Road. Photo via Google.

Due to the crash, North Estes Drive will be closed between Library Drive and Caswell Road until further notice.

Police said just after 10 o’clock Saturday morning the repairs would take “several hours.”

There is no information available regarding the cause of the crash or any injuries.


Fire Closes Portion of I-40 in Orange County

****UPDATE: Traffic returned to normal late Thursday evening.****

One lane of westbound traffic on I-40 is getting through just before the merge with I-85 Thursday afternoon as emergency crews are cleaning up from an earlier fire.

Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood said that his understanding that there was a fire after a 150-gallon hydraulic tank ruptured. He added that traffic was initially being diverted through Hillsborough before the lane of I-40 reopened.

Blackwood said his understanding was that the fire had been contained and that cleanup efforts were underway.

Traffic cameras show the backup nearing the 15-501 exit on I-40 westbound just after two o’clock Thursday afternoon.

Blackwood said that Highway Patrol and fire crews were on the scene handling traffic and cleanup. He added there is at least one residual wreck in the backed-up traffic.

There is no estimation for when traffic will be back to normal in the area.

Expect delays or avoid the area if possible.

This story will be updated as more information is made available.


Traffic Light Installation Causing Lane Closures on NC 54

Work from the state Department of Transportation will cause alternating lane closures impacting the intersection of NC 54 at Dodsons Crossroads and Butler Road in Carrboro.

A traffic light is being installed at the location with hopes of improving flow and address safety concerns at the intersection, according to the DOT.

Crews are scheduled to being the work at nine o’clock Monday morning and the work will last through August 10. The work is scheduled for nine o’clock in the morning until five o’clock each evening.


New Permanent Speed-Calming Sign on Weaver Dairy Extension

Weaver Dairy Road Extension has a new permanent speed-calming sign that warns drivers of their current speed on the 25-miles-per-hour road.

According to Traffic Engineer Kumar Nappalli, around 50 percent of vehicles are going 34 miles-per-hour or higher on the road.

The sign, which was installed last week by Town of Chapel Hill crews, is expected to draw the attention of drivers to their speed in order to slow down vehicles and make the road safer.

The effort is part of the Police and Public Works Department’s direct response to recent concerns of speeding cars in neighborhoods and along Weaver Dairy Road Extension from community members.

Despite being designed to accommodate a 40-mile-per-hour speed, the Town of Chapel Hill says the road has a lower speed limit because it is considered a feeder road for multiple neighborhoods.

In May of this year, the Chapel Hill Town Council voted against a petition to raise the speed limit of the road to 35 miles-per-hour after many citizens who live in the area expressed concern for pedestrians who use the road.

In addition to the sign, Public Works crews are redesigning the grade of the land at the intersection of Weaver Dairy Road Extension and Palafox Drive, where there is a pedestrian crosswalk.

The grade change is expected to take place late this summer and is meant to improve the sight distance for vehicles on the road, as well as pedestrians crossing the road.

For more information, visit the Town of Chapel Hill’s website.


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.