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Section Of Northbound Capital Blvd. Repaired, Open to Traffic

Posted August 14, 2003 7:04 a.m. EDT

— All lanes northbound lanes of Capital Boulevard reopened just after 7:30 a.m. Thursday following repairs from a water main break.

Raleigh police said a 16-inch pipe burst around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday between Dennis Avenue and Fenton Street.

Public Works crews do not know what caused the pipe to burst, but they said it was 50 to 75 years old. The water line used to be the main feed line serving downtown Raleigh.

Officials said the road collapsed in two places on Capital Boulevard -- one place where the pipe actually broke, and the other happened as a result of the break.

The pipe is five feet underground, so crews first had to clear the work area around the line of dirt and water before they could access the pipe.