Ninth Street Temporarily Closes To Traffic This Weekend [Updated]

On April 2, traffic goes to one lane in each direction on West Main Street from Ninth Street to Campus Drive

Beginning this Saturday, March 31, travel lanes will be reduced at the intersection of West Main and Ninth streets, as part of the city of Durham's project to replace a century-old waterline. There will be no access to Ninth Street from West Main Street this Saturday and Sunday, but detours will be in place to direct motorists.

Next, beginning the week of April 2, the city of Durham will reduce traffic to one lane in each direction on West Main Street from Ninth Street to Campus Drive at East Campus. This phase of the waterline replacement will limit access to businesses from West Main Street, requiring customers to use alternative entrances to affected businesses. St. Joseph's Episcopal Church, West Durham BP at Ninth Street, Whole Foods Market and other businesses in the Bull City Market Shopping Center will not be accessible from the West Main Street entrance.

The West Main Street and Broad Street/Swift Avenue intersection will remain open during this phase of the project. The waterline replacement at the Broad Street intersection will be replaced during a nighttime closure in late April.

Since the project began in February, work has been completed along West Main Street from Rutherford Street to Ninth Street. Connections along Iredell Street, South Buchanan Boulevard and Perry Street will also be replaced during the course of the project and will be completed by September 2012.

For more information regarding the City of Durham's Waterline replacement project, visit the city's project website.