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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
540-483-5113
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Pell Avenue to close Thursday evening

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A failing drain pipe will require a street closure in Rocky Mount on the evening of Thursday, Dec. 6.

A corrugated metal storm drain pipe across Pell Avenue (Route 40) at Wray Street has deteriorated to the point where it must be replaced to ensure traffic safety, said Public Works Director Cecil Mason.

Mason's crews will close Pell Avenue to through traffic at 6 p.m. Mason expects the work to take as much as 12 hours to complete. Pell Avenue will re-open to traffic by 6 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 7.

"Many housing developments have this type of corrugated drain pipe, which does rust and deteriorate with time," Mason said. "We discovered this failure doing routine maintenance work, and we need to fix it before it creates additional hazards."

While work is under way, Pell Avenue will be closed at its intersection with Tanyard Road and Main Street. Drivers should detour using Tanyard Road and Main Street as their alternate route.

Residents of Pell and surrounding streets will still be able to access their homes using Center, First, Donald and Wray streets.

The Rocky Mount Police Department will add extra patrols through the area to ensure that drivers are obeying temporary traffic direction signs and posted speed limits.

"We encourage drivers to be careful around this and every work zone, paying attention to temporary traffic signs and directions and watching out for workers in their reflective safety vests," said Mason. "Just as we expect our employees to look out for driver safety, we expect drivers to look out for our safety."

 
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