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Motorists Should Expect Delays Friday On Durham Freeway

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DURHAM, N.C. — Motorists should expect traffic delays Friday on the Durham Freeway as crews work to remove a damaged natural gas pipeline from the Alston Avenue overpass.

The damaged pipe is a result of a tractor-trailer accident on the Durham Freeway Monday evening.

Crews will work Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

One of four lanes -- an outside southbound lane -- is closed on Alston Avenue. The DOT says it is going to have to replace a damaged steel beam in thebridge, and it probably will not be completely repaired for 4-6 weeks. Officials say the bridge is functional, they are just working on reinforcing it.

PSNC, the company in charge of the gas pipeline that was damaged, says it hasfinished removing the damaged pipeline on the southbound side of thebridge, and that lane is now open.

However, the company is now beginning work on the northbound land portion ofpipeline, and so while they work on that Friday, the lane will beclosed.

Traffic can still move along the Durham Freeway, but it is restricted to onelane, making for bad delays.

Motorists are urged to use extreme caution when traveling through the area. Traffic and flag crews will be on site to direct drivers.

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