Buchanan Blvd. Waterline Replacement

Project Details

The Department of Water Management is improving the existing water infrastructure on Buchanan Boulevard from Peabody to West Chapel Hill, along West Chapel Hill from Kent to William Vickers, and along Shepherd from West Chapel Hill to Jackson. Manhole replacements and installation of cured-in-place pipe will also be completed along portions of Gattis, Wilkerson, Burch, Exum, Buchanan, Chapel Hill, Shepherd, Arnette, and Kent. The locations of the improvements can be viewed on the project area map.

The Study/Design phase, geotechnical borings, and Level A SUE are complete. Construction began in January 2019 and is expected to be substantially complete in September 2019. The existing water main along West Chapel Hill crossing the Durham Freeway will be removed from the bridge over the Durham Freeway between July 8 and July 22, 2019. This work will take place over one to two nights within this window. The project updates will provide more detail as this work approaches.

More information can be found at Durham Operation Greenlight.


Why is this work needed?

In order to improve reliability of water service and fire protection, the project will replace waterlines in the project area that were installed in the 1930s and have reached the end of their usable life.

What impacts can be expected during the construction phase of the project?

  • Construction will not occur on private properties but only in city right-of-way; however, there will be pedestrian, traffic, and noise impacts during construction.
  • All property owners will be provided notice in advance of construction near their property.
  • The City’s contractor will be required to maintain access to residences, schools and businesses at all times.
  • Sound levels near active construction areas are anticipated to be between 70 and 90 decibels.
  • Most work will be conducted during daytime hours; however, advance notice will be made when weekend or nighttime work is necessary.
  • Appropriate communication and signage will direct property owners, residents, and visitors with regards to any impacts throughout construction.
  • At the completion of the project, disturbed areas along roadways and sidewalks will be restored, and lawns will be graded and reseeded.

What is cured-in-place pipe?

Cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) involves inserting a fabric tube saturated with polyester resins into the sewer main. Hot water or steam is then circulated through the tube to initiate the curing process. Upon cooling, the finished product will be a structurally sound, smooth, and water tight synthetic liner capable of extending the service life of the sewer by at least 50 years. Rehabilitating sewer mains by CIPP is typically much faster, less disruptive, and considerably less expensive than open cut excavations and repairs.

Will my water service be affected by the project?

During the construction phase, existing water meters in the project area will be reconnected to the newly installed waterlines. It is possible that you will be without water for a short duration (typically a few hours) while this transition takes place. Property owners will be notified in advance regarding any planned disruption in water service.

How do I get more information?

The City will provide status updates via the City website at Durham Operation Greenlight. You may also contact the project contacts listed above. A Public Meeting will be scheduled in September to discuss the project in more detail, address transportation or other impacts, and answer any other questions regarding the project.

Contact Information

  • City of Durham Water Management:
    Lisa Mitchell
    919-560-4381, ext. 35568
  • Kimley-Horn and Associates:
    Nolan Raney

Project Map

American Tobacco - Buchanan Schedule 11x17 2019_05_08

Buchanan Detour Starting May 13

Buchanan Blvd Detour 11x17 2019_05_08

Detour Map - July 15-17

NC-147 Detour 11x17 2019_06_19