Water main break impacts morning Raleigh school traffic

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A water main break in North Raleigh is impacting school traffic Friday morning.

The break happened beneath the 2300 block of Wakefield Pines Drive, which is just south of Wake Forest, at about 7:30 p.m.

Wakefield High School and Wakefield Middle School are both located near the scene of the break.

Crews began working at the scene Thursday night and were still there as of 11:30 a.m. Friday. Police are on the scene directing traffic as the work continues.

Motorists who need to travel in the area are being advised to take Old Falls of Neuse/U.S. Route 1 as a detour.

The southbound lanes have been reopened, but one northbound lane is still closed as workers are now re-paving the road. Motorists traveling northbound should give themselves extra time.

This was Raleigh’s third water main break in less than a week. City officials aren’t sure what caused the pipe to burst last night, but say it’s not due to its age.

The same cannot be said for the breaks off Capital Boulevard and W. Millbrook Road.

Officials said they’re aware of the aging and failing infrastructure in some pipes around town. It’s why they’re investing more than $1 billion to fix it.

“There’s been so many water main breaks, so we were shocked when we saw this one out here,” said Raleigh resident Debbie Williams.

Eileen Navarrete, a construction projects administrator, said she understands why people are concerned about the breaks.

“I can understand why citizens would be concerned about what might be going on, but realistically, pipe failures happen all the time,” she said.

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