Washed-out US 401 could reopen sooner than expected

WAKE COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) -- A detour taking drivers down an already crowded NC 98 in northern Wake County, may end much sooner than originally expected, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

A storm system that dumped up to seven inches of rain in a matter of hours Saturday caused the Little River to wash out US 401 near the Franklin County-Wake County line.

Initially, the NCDOT said repairs would take until the end of August.

On Tuesday, a spokesperson for the NCDOT told ABC11 that crews are on track to wrap up repairs by the end of July.

Until then, drivers are forced to take a detour down NC-98 to get around the closure.
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