UPDATE: New tile’s in, US 701 near South Columbus has re-opened

Work began on the pipe replacement project north of South Columbus High School Monday, and was complete more than a week ahead of schedule. (Deuce Niven, TLT)

By DEUCE NIVEN

tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com

UPDATE: Aug. 2

     A pipe replacement project that shut down U.S. 701 just north of South Columbus High School on Monday was complete Thursday afternoon, a North Carolina Department of Transportation spokesman said.

     Scheduled to take two weeks, the work was complete in four days, the highway reopening about 4 p.m. Thursday, NCDOT spokesman Andrew Barksdale said.

July 25 Post

     A highway pipe replacement project near South Columbus High School will shut down US 701 there beginning Monday, the North Carolina Department of Transportation says.

     DOT crews will replace and upsize a drainage pipe underneath the roadway beginning Monday, July 29, closing the highway in both directions from Vinegar Loop road to Sidney-Cherry Grove roads.

     Local traffic will have access, but the road will be closed where the pipe is being replaced, near the high school, the DOT said.

     A signed detour will send drivers onto Peacock Road and Minos Meares Road. Drivers should plan for additional travel time.

     US 701 is scheduled to reopen by Aug. 9, ahead of the first day of school for students, on Aug. 12.

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