Downtown Durham traffic to be hit by major project


Traffic across downtown Durham will be disrupted beginning in September when an 18-month project to replace the water main and upgrade the water meters in Durham’s downtown loop begins.

The project replaces water lines that were originally constructed in the 1930s, the city said. The work will include replacing approximately 12,000 feet, or nearly 2.3 miles, of waterlines within the downtown loop and upgrading 25 water meter boxes. The project will cost an estimated $7 million and will be paid for by previously authorized capital improvement program funds.

There will be changes in traffic patterns, detours, and temporary limited access to some properties as well as planned water service disruptions, the city said. The project also will create a significant amount of noise.

Downtown residents and business owners interested in learning more about the project and its impact can attend a public meeting from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Durham Armory, 220 Foster St.

In addition to public meetings, the city and its contractors will inform affected property owners, residents, and visitors to the downtown area with door-hangers, postcards, signage, and other notifications as the project progresses.

For information, visit the project webpage or contact the City’s Water Management Department at (919) 560-4381, or by email.

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