Fallen tree stops eastbound Western Boulevard in Raleigh

From staff reportsMarch 25, 2014 

Steve Eakes, a worker with the Urban Forestry division of the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, uses a 36" chain to help clear an 80' oak tree. It fell across a section of greenway and Western Boulevard across from Pullen Park in Raleigh, N.C. Tuesday, March 25, 2014. No injuries were reported, although it did cause traffic to back up heading into town and power outages to 204 customers.

COREY LOWENSTEIN — clowenst@newsobserver.com

— Eastbound Western Boulevard remains closed just east of Pullen Road as crews work to clear a fallen tree, according to the city.

The tree fell late Tuesday morning and broke three utility poles, which has aggravated cleanup. The city hoped to have one lane open by the evening rush, but now says the eastbound lanes will likely remain closed until sometime Tuesday night, according to Raleigh police.

Eastbound traffic is being detoured onto Pullen Road and through the N.C. State Campus to Hillsborough Street, according to police.

The city suggests eastbound drivers avoid Western Boulevard near Pullen Road until the obstruction has been cleared. Duke Energy reported a power outage that began late this morning in the same area, cutting power to about 200 customers, though some service was restored by afternoon.

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