Local briefs

May. 07, 2013 @ 06:53 PM

Water pipe washout closes Granville road

RALEIGH — A culvert pipe collapse caused by the on-rush of water from a collapsed beaver dam has closed Sam Moss Hayes Road, northeast of Creedmor in Granville County.

It appears the recent heavy rain caused a buildup of water behind the dam, which was built at the culvert that carried a creek under the road, according to the N. C. Department of Transportation. Sometime overnight Monday, the water pressure collapsed the dam, and the force of water washed out the pipe and a section of roadway.

NCDOT is working on an emergency repair plan, with work expected to start Monday. The road is expected to re-open by May 24.

A signed detour will get motorists around the closure by using Hester Road and U.S. 15.

One-way traffic next week South Columbia Street

CHAPEL HILL — Motorists will encounter a traffic pattern change next week as construction progresses on the N.C. 86/South Columbia Street Enhancement Project in Chapel Hill.

Beginning Monday, weather permitting, the N.C. Department of Transportation will temporarily close the southbound lane of N.C. 86/South Columbia Street between Purefoy Road and Mason Farm Road to allow crews to construct the center turn lane and travel lanes, as well as bike lanes and sidewalks. Southbound traffic will be directed to take Manning Drive to U.S. 15-501/Fordham Boulevard as a detour. The northbound lane will remain open.

The southbound lane is now expected to reopen by August 13.

The project began in November and involves widening the 0.8-mile section of N.C. 86/South Columbia Street to include a center turn lane and bus pullouts.  Sidewalks and bike lanes will be added to both sides of the road. The project is expected to be complete by July 2014.

Hypertension topic at Northgate walkers club

DURHAM -- Jennifer Burch of Central Pharmacy, Durham will discuss hypertension, in honor of National Blood Pressure Awareness Month, at the Northgate Heart and Sole Mall Walker group meeting Tuesday at 8:30 a,m.

Burch will present information about high blood pressure — its signs, symptoms, causes, treatments and medications and will be joined by pharmacist Darius Russell performing free blood pressure checks.

The Heart and Sole Mall Walkers event kicks off with a complimentary breakfast at Northgate’s Food Gallery.  The event is free and open to the public, and no registration is required. For more information: (919) 286-4407.

Northgate Mall is at 1058 West Club Boulevard, Durham.