State transportation maintenance crews are replacing deteriorating drainage pipes under a 5.5-mile section of U.S. 15/501 in eastern Moore County before the highway is repaved later this summer.

In a news release, the North Carolina Department of Transportation is encouraging travelers to use a detour that involves South Plank Road near the Lee County line, U.S. 1 Business in Cameron and N.C. 24/27.

Most of the road will remain open for residents and business customers with only a small section being closed at a time where the construction is taking place. 

The news release said that the work will improve storm drainage along the highway.

“Many of these crossline pipes have collapsed or failed, and we want to replace them and get this road back in solid shape before the contractor comes in and repaves everything,” said Josh Brooks, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s maintenance engineer for Lee and Moore counties in Division 8.

The pipe work is scheduled to be completed by the end of July with a contractor resurfacing the road.

Feature photo contributed by NCDOT: Maintenance workers on Tuesday replace dirt and gravel where a drainage pipe under U.S. 15/501 in Moore County was replaced.


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