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Officials Cancel I-85 Cable Installation

Posted July 17, 2007

— Cable installation for Interstate 85 in Durham County scheduled for Tuesday has been canceled.

Crews were going to shut down both northbound and southbound lanes between the Duke Street exit and the Durham Freeway while Verizon installed fiber-optic cables.

The closure would have been in effect from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. No reason has been given for the cancellation.


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  • smitty Jul 17, 2007

    They should tie the fiber to a big rock and put it in a trebuchet. Then they just need to let out some slack and launch the projectile over 85, hopefully missing the traffic below.

  • blackdog Jul 17, 2007


  • architect Jul 17, 2007

    my god, all of you complain ABOUT EVERYTHING!

    NC residents must be the unhappiest people in the entire country.

  • PhotoJ Jul 17, 2007

    I have to laugh every time someone get on this forum acting like a chicken hawk. They gleefully thumb their noses at large companies without even the slightest use of common sense. Let's see how many accountants, lawyers, car mechanics, store managers like to do their jobs 3 stories off the ground, in the dark with little more than a high powered flash light at their disposal. Let alone the idiots who populate our highways and byways at 2 in the morning. Close the interstate for a couple of hours off peak (between 2 and 4 p.m.) and do the job right and do the job once! Amen to "familymatters"

  • Slip Kid Jul 17, 2007

    "No reason has been given for the cancellation."

    Verizon doesn't need a reason to miss/cancel an appointment, Ha!

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jul 17, 2007

    Another incompetent act by the NC DOT. What idiot would schedule the work at 3:00 PM in the afternoon and plan to shut down a major interstate. This work should be during off hours or on the weekend.

  • Familymatters Jul 17, 2007

    But really, its the safety issues that are most heavily considered with things like this.When you work 40' in the air for a few years and do a few night jobs come back here and tell me what you think about doing this job at 3am.Besides, theres more than 1 way to get around in Durham between duke and 147 so it shouldn't be that big of an inconvenience if people would consider the risks to the guy on the pole.

  • Familymatters Jul 17, 2007

    Verizon, just like 99% of other comm companies pay contractors to major fiber builds,contractors don't work at 3am on sunday night.
    Also, considering the area,it would be safer for the few autos that do get through the closure to have to sit and wait during daylight hours than at 3am.

    Another thing,if you have never tried to run fiber in the dark,its VERY risky, if you kink fiber it shatters inside,if its dark outside the man in the air cant see if the fiber being fed to him is likely to kink or not,kinked fiber, depending on the # of pairs it carries can cost upwards of $5000 to repair, and you cant have that repair hanging over a major roadway.

    Not to mention,the sched closure was for 2 hours, but in all liklyhood it would take less than 30 mins, provided theres not alot of existing stuff on the poles that has to be undone,then redone with the fiber run itself.

    Not to mention the OSHA issues with working on a span of poles that has power on it at night. I could list ALOT more....

  • daMoFo Jul 17, 2007

    Close an interstate in the middle of the day. Incredible.

  • whocares Jul 17, 2007

    I guess Verizon doesn't have anyone planning this with any common sense. 3:00 a.m. on Sunday sounds better than closing the road at one of the busiest times of the day.