Commuters along Old N.C. 86 will have to take the long way around to travel between Carrboro and Hillsborough next week, while those on the south end of town will see a major artery reopen.
Old N.C. 86 will close at 8 a.m. June 19 between Homestead Road and Eubanks Road so N.C. Department of Transportation crews can replace an aging 24-inch concrete pipe under the pavement with two 30-inch pipes, NCDOT engineer Mike Mills said.
The road, depending on the weather, could reopen by 5 p.m. Friday, July 7.
The undersized pipe is no longer handling the stormwater that runs off and ponds in the area when it rains, Mills said, creating flooding issues for homes upstream. He did not know when the original pipe was laid but said it could have been there for decades.
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Residents living in the Lake Hogan Farms and Ballentine neighborhoods still will be able to access Hogan Hills Road from Old N.C. 86 when coming from Carrboro. The work will take place in the area of Deer Ridge Drive.
Carrboro police suggested motorists use these roads to avoid the area (drivers heading south from Hillsborough should reverse the directions):
▪ Homestead Road to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (New N.C. 86)
▪ Homestead Road to Rogers Road, then take Eubanks Road until you reach Old N.C. 86
▪ Dairyland Road to Union Grove Church Road, then onto Arthur Minnis Road until you reach Old N.C. 86.
Meanwhile, NCDOT is expected to open South Greensboro Street – south of downtown Carrboro – on Friday, June 23. The one-week extension was announced at midday Friday.
The road has been closed for over three months just north of its intersection with Merritt Mill Road and N.C. 54. The resulting detours have snarled traffic in the downtown area.
Road crews closed South Greensboro Street in early March to make storm drain improvements in the flood-prone area. The developers of the adjacent South Green development also took advantage of the closure to make their own drainage upgrades.
The detour was extended in May by heavy rains and an unexpected utility problem. The project is not expected to wrap up until July 14.