Buchanan Blvd. Waterline Replacement

Project Details

The Department of Water Management is improving the existing water infrastructure on Buchanan Blvd from Peabody to West Chapel Hill, along West Chapel Hill from Kent to William Vickers, and along Shepherd from West Chapel Hill to Jackson. The locations of the improvements can be viewed on the project area map (PDF).

The Study/Design phase, geotechnical borings, and Level A SUE are complete. Construction is expected to begin in January 2019 and last approximately nine months. A public meeting will be held at Healthy Start Academy on December 4 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

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 1930’s and have reached the end of their useable life. Construction is anticipated to start early fall 2018 and last approximately nine months.

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.

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.

  1. Project Update | January 17, 2019

    On street parking and turning lanes will be closed in W. Chapel Hill Street between Kent Street and Buchanan Boulevard, the week of January 21. Read on...
  2. Project Update | January 11, 2019

    Welcome to the news flash section for this project. Beginning the week of January 21, the City’s contractor plans to begin work along West Chapel Hill Street and Buchanan Boulevard. Read on...

Contact Information

  • City of Durham Water Management:
    Corrie Bondar
    919-560-4381, ext. 35252
  • Kimley-Horn and Associates:
    Nolan Raney

Project Map

Buchanan Blvd Schedule 11x17 2018_04_12 (1)