U.S. 15-501 traffic will be detoured in Moore County over the next few weeks while N.C. Department of Transportation crews conduct emergency maintenance work.
A 30-inch drainage pipe buried 20 feet under the highway between Cannon Road and Stanton Hill Road failed after the Nov. 11 rainstorm. The road is expected to be closed in this area northeast of Carthage for about three weeks, starting at 8 a.m. Thursday.
Crews will replace the damaged pipe with a larger, 48-inch pipe that is more resilient to adverse conditions and meets modern drainage standards, and then refill the void and build back the roadway above the pipe. The work schedule is weather dependent and may change.
During the closure, a signed detour will have drivers use N.C. 24-27, U.S. 1 Business and South Plank Road to access points on either side of the work zone.
Drivers should watch out for crews working along this stretch of the highway and allow extra time for the detour of about 11 miles.