Raleigh’s Wade Avenue closes to fix a water main. Here are some alternate routes.

Wade Avenue in Raleigh is closed because of water main break

Wade Avenue in Raleigh, N.C., is closed because of a water main break on Friday, June 21, 2019.
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Wade Avenue in Raleigh, N.C., is closed because of a water main break on Friday, June 21, 2019.

Traffic on a major Raleigh thoroughfare was rerouted Friday and Saturday while a water main is repaired.

Raleigh police say a section of Wade Avenue west of downtown near the Ridgewood Shopping Center was closed to traffic shortly after noon Friday.

Aerial video from ABC11, The News & Observer’s media partner, showed where water had flowed across the street between Faircloth Street and Dogwood Lane.

Repairs are underway, according to a tweet by Sustainable Raleigh, the city’s social media account for public utilities and storm water management.

The road, which city officials thought might reopen Friday evening, is now slated to reopen Saturday evening, according to a City of Raleigh news release emailed Saturday morning.

Drivers leaving or coming into downtown Raleigh may want to consider alternate routes to avoid the area:

West on Western Boulevard or Hillsborough Street to the Beltline.

North on Capital Boulevard to the Beltline.

South on Saunders Street to the Beltline.

In other news associated with Wade Avenue, the ramp from northbound Capital Boulevard to westbound Wade is closed for construction on Capital until 6 a.m. Monday, according to a news release on the North Carolina Department of Transportation's website.

Detours for the ramp work include exiting Capital early on Peace Street and taking Glenwood Avenue north to Wade Avenue or exiting Capital late and taking Wake Forest Road north to westbound East Whitaker Mill.

Drivers on Capital Boulevard should expect delays and pay more attention during this construction while traffic lanes are shifted or condensed, NCDOT says.

Joe Johnson is a reporter covering breaking stories for The News & Observer. He most recently covered towns in western Wake County and Chatham County. Before that, he covered high school sports for The Herald-Sun.