North Carolina Department of Transportation officials will be closing part of Ephesus Church Road in November to address flooding issues – but the closure is frustrating nearby residents.
The closure will be near the intersection with Tinkerbell Road, close to Ephesus Elementary School.
Town public works director Lance Norris said the plan is to “replace an existing undersized and dilapidated pipe” to address “the flooding issues that have been occurring on Ephesus Church Road”.
But the plan was announced on short notice, and that’s frustrated both residents and officials.
Mayor Pam Hemminger said the work has been delayed in an effort to establish an alternate traffic plan.
“It’s great that they want to do it, but they didn’t give us a heads up and just closed the road down,” Hemminger said. “That’s not really going to work until we know how to detour. So we’ve delayed it just for a few days while we can get some detours.”
Town officials said they did not receive any prior notice regarding the DOT’s decision. Council Member Ed Harrrison said when he raised the issue in a meeting, he was told the DOT “assumed their staff had told the town”.
Hemminger said despite the short notice and the inconvenience, the work will take place.
“We’re working with [the DOT], there will be some rerouting, but its going to be inconvenient for a lot of people until about the end of December.”
With the slight delay, construction is now expected to begin on November 1and will last until December 22, weather permitting.