Water main break floods paving project

August 19, 2010 7:24:30 AM PDT
The construction zone on Glenwood Avenue in Five Points became flooded after a construction crew hit a water main on Wednesday.Water flooded the street where Glenwood intersects with White Oak Road and East Whitaker Mill.

One local business owner told ABC11 Eyewitness News that he saw water a few inches deep partially covering Glenwood Avenue early in the afternoon.

"I saw all this water coming across the street and I said, 'Where is all this water coming from,'" business owner Randy Baker said. "Then I saw that this pit was full of water and it wasn't geysering, but you could see it was and I said, 'Oh boy aren't they having fun.'

The City of Raleigh had to call in crews to fix the mess and some brief water service interruptions happened while the repairs were taking place.

The Department of Transportation says the rupture may delay the resurfacing project's final completion date by a day or two, but they don't know for sure.

The repaving of Glenwood Avenue was supposed to be done by mid-June, but it has been pushed to mid-September at the earliest.

The delays were caused after crews said they had to remove 50-years-old concrete and old trolley tracks near Five Points.

The most recent problem popping up in the project were bumps in the road that the DOT says was caused by the sealant used to seal joints in concrete below the pavement that stayed liquefied causing cracks and bumps in the asphalt paved over it.

The project was supposed to cost less than $2 million, but it's at $2.5 million and climbing.

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