Newton Road to Remain Closed for Stormwater Culvert Replacement

Expected to Re-open in August

News posted May 24, 2018 - 2:00 pm
Newton Road sinkhole

The City of Raleigh will continue the road closure at Newton Road between Falls of Neuse Road and Six Forks Road through August. Crews will be making necessary repairs to the stormwater pipe, water main, and road that were impacted by the major rain storm on May 21.

Close to four inches of rain fell in north Raleigh within an hour and half. This overwhelmed the stormwater infrastructure on Newton Road and caused more erosion at the entrance of the impaired double 72-inch diameter stormwater pipe, leading to its failure and the water main break. The culvert replacement is expected to begin in June with the road re-opening at the end of August. The completion date may vary depending on weather and unexpected construction delays.

Crews will continue to stabilize the area and temporarily address the water main, gas main, and re-establish water flow to the stormwater channel. This will prepare the area for a future rain event until the stormwater pipe is completely replaced. Temporary work should be complete by Sunday. Then, the City and its consultants will begin work to replace the stormwater pipe that failed. The City is finalizing the design and expected to acquire necessary permits and easement acquisitions in June prior to construction.

The water main will be offline until the pipe is permanently fixed. A temporary water service provided by the Public Utilities Department is in place for properties affected by the broken pipe. This water main that crosses over the stormwater pipe lost support during the storm, which caused the water main to break and led to additional erosion in the area.

A gas main also was exposed when both the stormwater and water pipes failed. PSNC Energy will be monitoring the gas main while repairs are made.

The City of Raleigh Stormwater Management Division had planned to start the design for the culvert repair on Newtown Road in July. However, given the recent rain storm and condition of the pipe, the project has been re-prioritized to start in June and planned as a full replacement that will make significant improvements to the stormwater infrastructure and drainage system.

To learn more about this project and current traffic detours, contact the City’s Stormwater Management Division at 919-996-3940 or

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