Work to continue Monday, lanes still blocked after Raleigh water main break

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Raleigh officials say that work will continue through Monday after a water main break Thursday night along the 7900-block of Brier Creek Parkway.

The incident happened around 9:45 p.m. Thursday in the westbound lanes between Skyland Ridge Parkway and Glenwood Avenue.

On Friday, officials said the water main would be repaired by 8 p.m. that evening.

Work on Sunday was performed to fix a water valve, according to a Raleigh news release.

On Sunday crews closed the left and right turn lanes along the 7900 block of Brier Creek Parkway.

The water valve was repaired, but work in the area Sunday did not finish by 10 p.m.

“Excavation of the work area has created unexpected delays in the estimated repair schedule,” a Sunday night news release said.

The new estimated time for complete repairs is 9 p.m. Monday.

“Motorists should expect traffic delays and are advised to avoid this area if possible,” the news release Sunday night said.

Eleven customers had water service cut off during the work Sunday, but all service was restored Sunday night.

City officials said a contractor is being brought in on Monday afternoon in order to finish the repairs to the road because the city doesn’t have the equipment or resources to complete the work. Paving should begin Monday afternoon and there’s a good chance the road remains closed through tonight.

Officials said the reason work has taken so long is because they tried to keep the water on during repairs, which ended up causing a bigger problem.

Heavy traffic is expected through Monday evening’s commute.

An incorrectly-installed pipe that sunk into the ground on Thursday night was the cause of the initial water main break.

According to officials, the pipe, which was less than 20 years old, was installed in the ground incorrectly when it was originally put in. Because of the incorrect installation, the pipe finally began sinking into the ground on Thursday. Pipes, officials said, aren’t meant to sink.

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