By DEUCE NIVEN
Rail crossing improvements in Tabor City and new water and sewer lines in Chadbourn will force detours on two highways, NC 904 and NC 410, beginning next Wednesday.
Contractors for R.J. Corman Railroad will close NC 904, East 5th Street, at the railroad crossing at Main Street and Hickman Road, an NC Department of Transportation news release said.
That closure is expected to last more than two weeks, the projected project completion date on Feb. 17.
A 2.4-mile detour for this project sends drivers on North Main Street /Willoughby Road, New Warehouse Road, Old Stake Road and U.S. 701 Business.
Contractors for the Town of Chadbourn will close N.C. 410 (Brown Street) between East Railroad Avenue and East Third Avenue in Chadbourn in order to replace aging water and sewer lines, part of a major upgrade to the town’s infrastructure, the DOT said.
That closure is expected to last at least six weeks, through March 15, with additional lane closures and delays on NC 410 in downtown Chadbourn continuing through April 1.
Drivers can get around the closure by using U.S. 76, Grist Road and Braswell Road/West Railroad Avenue.
Commercial trucks traveling through the area, and motorists traveling to and from the N.C./S.C. beaches are recommended to remain on U.S. 74 to Whiteville and then take U.S. 701 to Tabor City, the DOT said.
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