Urgent pipe replacement coming to U.S. 19/23
A deep pipe failure under the eastbound lanes of U.S. 19/23 between Clyde and Canton near Crawford Memorial Gardens will have traffic down to one lane in each direction for about one month.
N.C. Department of Transportation shifted both directions of traffic into a one-lane pattern on the existing westbound lanes. Speed limits have been reduced and orange markers separate traffic, increasing the need for drivers to remain alert.
NCDOT engineers are working to develop and award an emergency repair contract to rectify the issue as soon as possible. Engineers anticipate starting the construction as early as next week and completing the operation within one month. A contract crew will bore a new drainage pipe under the highway using a trenchless installation method and abandon the failed old pipe by filling it with concrete.
Transportation officials ask that drivers slow down, avoid distractions and obey all posted signs when driving in work zones such as this one.