Update: Crews successfully replaced the leaking drinking water valve and kept customers in service throughout the difficult repair. The northbound lane reopened Sunday afternoon. The southbound lane reopened Wednesday (December 21st) evening. Additional work will be needed to rebuild road at a later time. CLTWater will update when lanes close/reopen.
On Wednesday, December 14th a water main broke underneath Lancaster Hwy near Carolina Place Parkway. This break affected a drinking water valve and fire line connection to a business. This difficult replacement required a special part to be shipped overnight. Staff are working 24/7 to make the repair as quick as possible and reopen the road.
No customers are without water. Crews are installing a temporary valve so that Charlotte Water can maintain water service for most customers in the area. A handful of customers will be served by an above-ground water pipe.
- December 16th– above ground water pipe installed to serve a handful of customers in the immediate area. A temporary valve was installed to keep customers throughout the area in service.
- December 17th and 18th –area excavated and valve replaced. Temporary valve used to keep customers in service was removed.
- Monday or later – Once the valve is replaced and soil back-filled, crews will start rebuilding the road. Crews will need to dig out part of southbound lane prior to repaving. Repaving depends on the weather. Air temperature is required to be a minimum of 40 degrees and rising in order to properly install asphalt. With low temperatures in the forecast, this could cause a delay in paving. Additional road work may be necessary later.
Traffic Impacts: Southbound drivers are detoured onto Carolina Place Parkway, turn left on Muskerry Drive (veer right on round-about) to Dorman Road and back to turn right onto Lancaster Highway. Crews hope to have a southbound lane open late Wednesday evening. Drivers should consider alternate routes like Johnston Road to Ballantyne Commons Parkway.
This repair will continue to evolve due to complexity and weather. Charlotte Water will post updates on Twitter and here.