Water main breaks shutting down roads

December 14, 2010 8:31:11 PM PST
Water main breaks are keeping two Fayetteville roadways closed until at least Wednesday morning.Late Tuesday evening, two water main breaks sprung up on Northview Drive between Huntington Drive and Morganton Road, causing Northview Drive to be shut down until further notice.

Earlier in the afternoon, a pipe ruptured on Morganton Road between North Churchill Road and East Dobbins Street, spewing thousands of gallons of water onto the roadway.

The cold weather caused the water to freeze, creating black ice.

Police say a driver hit the ice, lost control, swerved into a utility pole, then clipped another car, and crashed into a fence.

The driver was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, but the driver of the other vehicle wasn't hurt.

Nearby residents were without power as utility crews worked through the evening to repair the down power line and replace the shattered pole.

A section of Morganton Road remains shut down as PWC crews work to repair the ruptured water main. NC DOT officials say the road won't be re-opened untill Wednesday morning.

"We are going to leave it closed tonight, because you are on a hill, the temperature is only going to get any lower, they predict about 15 degrees so it's going to freeze and we are going to be on the safe side to just keep it shut down," said Bill Hammond with the DOT.

Barricades and signs are directing traffic through the detour. Drivers are being asked to use Fort Bragg and Raeford roads as alternate routes of travel.

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