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Pipe replacement project to close Body Road, remove steel plate

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A large metal plate in the northbound lane of Body Road, shown early Tuesday afternoon, will be removed and the section of the roadway repaved following the completion of a stormwater pipe replacement project late next week. In the background a construction crew with Parker Stockstill Construction, of Elm City, works to move a gas service line for Piedmont Natural Gas in preparation for the pipeline project.

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From staff reports

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Area motorists who’ve driven across the steel plate in the northbound lane of Body Road near Halstead Boulevard since the summer should be driving across smooth new pavement there by the end of next week.

The N.C. Department of Transportation plans to remove the plate as part of a stormwater pipe replacement project that will require closing a portion of Body Road between Monday and Friday, Dec. 14.

John Lane, with DOT’s Bridge Division in Pasquotank County, said the steel plate was put down in early August as a way to keep open the stretch of Body Road between Simpson Ditch Road and Halstead Boulevard after a large steel water pipe that moves stormwater under the roadway began collapsing. 

Lane said DOT has wanted to replace the aging pipe with a newer, longer aluminum pipe since Aug. 4. However, the project’s been delayed because it’s taken time to coordinate the moving of all the utilities, including gas, water and cable, that have service lines along Body Road, he said.

Workers began moving those service lines along Body Road on Tuesday in preparation for the beginning of the pipe replacement project next week.

While the pipe is being replaced, the portion of Body Road between 849 Body and 820 Body will be closed beginning around 7 a.m. on Monday. Christy C. Saunders, emergency management coordinator for Pasquotank and Camden counties, said residents with addresses at 849 Body and upward should access their homes from Halstead Boulevard, while residents with addresses at 820 Body and lower should access their homes by way of Simpson Ditch or Blount roads.

Lane said DOT hopes to have the pipe replacement project done and Body Road repaved by Thursday, Dec. 13, and the road reopened on Friday, Dec. 14. That plan could depend on how much rain the Body Road area receives this weekend, he said.

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