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Capital Blvd. into Raleigh reopens after water main break

Posted July 31
Updated August 1

— Southbound lanes of Capital Boulevard into Raleigh reopened Tuesday night after crews repaired a water line, officials said.

Crews started work Monday morning to repair the 8-inch water main, which officials said "popped" overnight.

Ed Buchan, with Raleigh's Public Utilities Division, said the main was repaired by Monday evening, but southbound Capital took longer to reopen because a 15-foot-wide hole in the road under the Fairview Road bridge needed to be filled and repaved.

"The water main was actually relatively easy to fix," he said. "It's just when you have a big road like this, there's a lot of subgrade you have to repair and mill down the existing asphalt to repair it. So, the paving part is what takes a lot longer."

Buchan said officials haven't determined what caused the break, adding that the main dates to the 1960s. Crews are building a new Wade Avenue bridge over Capital Boulevard nearby, but he said there's no evidence linking that work to the broken main.

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