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Posted on: October 1, 2020

Durham Begins Construction Project to Replace Culvert on Shannon Road

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Roadway Section Closed to Through Traffic Until Emergency Construction Completed

The City of Durham Public Works Department has begun an emergency construction project to replace a section of Shannon Road due to a compromised stormwater culvert within the right-of-way.

Shannon Road between Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard (U.S. 15-501) and University Drive has been closed to through-traffic since September 18, 2020, and will remain closed until the construction of the culvert and roadway replacement is complete. The City’s Transportation Department has created a detour that routes through traffic via University Drive, Westgate Drive, and Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard. 

The area will remain open to local traffic during construction. A contractor has mobilized to the site and is currently working with private utility providers to relocate buried communication lines within the path of the replacement project. Construction of the replacement stormwater culvert and roadway is expected to take approximately 10 weeks depending upon weather conditions. 

The cost to reconstruct the culvert and roadway is estimated at $579,040 and will be paid for through Stormwater Capital Improvement Program (CIP) funds. For more information about this repair project, contact Project Manager Dana Hornkohl with the City's Public Works Department at (919) 560-4326, ext. 30246 or by email

About the Public Works Department Stormwater and GIS Services Division

The Stormwater and GIS Services Division with the City of Durham Public Works Department is guided by the City’s Strategic Plan goals of stewardship of the City’s physical and environmental assets and innovative and high-performing organization. Activities include storm drainage design and plans review; inspecting and maintaining City-owned drainage systems; enforcing stormwater ordinances and regulations; education and outreach; stream monitoring, restoration, and watershed master planning; maintaining multiple layers of the City’s geographic information; and stormwater billing. To learn more, follow on Facebook and Twitter.


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