Traffic Alert: Newton Road Reopens One Month Ahead of Schedule

[Alert]News posted Jul. 23, 2018 - 11:00 am

The City of Raleigh will reopen Newton Road between Falls of Neuse Road and Six Forks Road this afternoon, July 23. Necessary repairs have been made to the stormwater pipe, water and gas mains, and road that were affected by a major rain storm on May 21. The road is being reopened one month ahead of schedule.

“The emergency repair was done efficiently and quickly in large part due to the hard work and dedication of City staff; our contractor, Carolina Civilworks, Inc.; and the flexibility of private utility companies with infrastructure in the area,” said Assistant Engineering Services Director Blair Hinkle. “We also are deeply grateful for the continued patience of Raleigh residents who were affected by the road closure.”

The City of Raleigh completed the following work on Newton Road after nearly four inches of rain fell in north Raleigh within an hour and a half:

  • Stabilized the area by removing debris from the road and broken stormwater pipe; temporarily addressed the water main and gas main break; and re-established water flow to the stormwater channel under Newton Road and along East Fork of Mine Creek;

  • Designed and installed the 120-foot-long box culvert that replaced the impaired double 72-inch diameter stormwater pipe that was overwhelmed and eroded due to the storm;

  • Coordinated with private utility companies to relocate and re-establish services for electric, water, phone, cable, and internet;

  • Replaced the broken water pipe that lost support during the storm and restored permanent water services to impacted properties;

  • Monitored and reinstalled the gas main that was exposed during the storm; and,

  • Rebuilt and paved the road after the new culvert was installed.

The new stormwater culvert along Newton Road will allow more stormwater runoff to flow through the drainage system without relying heavily on overflow stormwater pipes during a rain storm. The City also plans to explore potential improvements to the stream channel in this area.

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