Durham County

Water main break near Durham Bulls ballpark expected to be fixed by Thursday’s game

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Police in Durham have closed an intersection near the Durham Bulls Athletic Park because of a water main break.

The line has been repaired, but the intersection will remained closed until new pavement is laid Thursday morning, officials in the Durham Water Management Department say.

“Our Water and Sewer Maintenance crews have repaired the main break and are in the final stages of restoring services to customers in the area,” City spokeswoman Vicki Westbrook said in an email. “Durham Public Works will pave the intersection first thing in the morning.”

The paving project should be completed before the Durham Bulls host the Columbus Clippers in Game 3 of the Governors’ Cup championship series at 7:05 p.m., she said. The Bulls are going for their third straight International League championship.

Drivers are advised to avoid the area near the intersection of Blackwell Street and Jackie Robinson Drive if possible, according to a Police Department news release. Traffic is being diverted, police say.

Workers in the nearby American Tobacco Campus were sent an email from property management that said, “Blackwell Street is starting to buckle and cave in.”

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.