Road to reopen before schools are back in session
TABOR CITY – A section of U.S. 701 north of Tabor City will close next week to allow N.C. Department of Transportation crews to replace and upsize a drainage pipe underneath the roadway.
The work is scheduled to begin Monday, July 29, closing the highway in both directions between Vinegar Loop and Sidney-Cherry Grove roads. Local traffic will continue to have access, but the road will be closed where the pipe is being replaced near South Columbus High School.
The upgrade will lessen the risk of water pooling along the highway and repair a bump in the roadway caused by a failing pipe.
A signed detour will send drivers onto Peacock Road and Minos Meares Road. Drivers should plan for additional travel time to reach their destinations and be alert when approaching the work zone.
U.S. 701 is scheduled to reopen by Aug. 9, which is before the public schools return to class.