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When will River Road between Sanders and Independence reopen?

Si Cantwell

Q. River Road, between Sanders and Independence, was originally supposed to reopen by May 22nd. What is happening and when will it actually reopen?

A. According to the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, the road section will reopen by June 8, 2012.

Here’s the latest from the authority, in a release dated May 30, 2012:

The recent River Road closure is part of the Barnard’s Creek Sewer Improvement Project which began months ago. This particular portion of the project began May 8th and was broken up into 3 phases:

• Phase 1 involved the closure of River Rd. from Sanders to Independence Blvd.

• Phase 2 (began on May 17th)involved closing the intersection at River Rd. and Independence Blvd.

• Phase 3 will involve a lane shift on River Rd. between Independence Blvd. and CFPUA’s Southside Wastewater Treatment Plant.

This portion of the Barnards Creek Sewer Improvement Project is expected to be completed by the end of July; however, River Rd., between Sanders and Independence and at the Independence Blvd. intersection, is expected to be reopened to traffic by June 8, 2012. Crews had hoped to have had the road reopened by June 4th but recent weather conditions have delayed paving. Although project managers and construction crews strive to keep projects on schedule, unforeseen elements and/or adverse weather conditions can cause delays in anticipated timelines.

Phase 3 of the River Road portion is scheduled to begin Monday, June 11, 2012, and will involve a lane shift on River Rd. north of Independence Blvd. Traffic traveling northbound on River Road will be shifted to the center/turning lane, between Independence Blvd. and CFPUA’s Southside Wastewater Treatment Plant (see attached map for more detail). Traffic flow, in both directions, will be maintained during this project phase. Motorists traveling in this area may experience temporary, intermittent delays.

Additional information and updates can be found under the ‘Notifications’ section of its website.


What has happened to the River Road relocation project? Thousands of beautiful trees were cut down, but then all work came to a complete stop over a year ago.

Where can ATVs ride on trails along River Road?

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