Residents and commuters are dealing with detours, and businesses are struggling to get customers in the aftermath of a water main break that closed East Six Forks Road.
The city expects crews to finish repaving the 100 and 200 blocks of the busy road by about 6 p.m. Wednesday, roughly 72 hours after a water main broke Sunday night. Crews repaired the break and restored water service to most customers, but they determined the road needed to be resurfaced.
Raleigh officials are still trying to determine what caused the break, said spokesman David Blount.
William Heathcote, who lives in an apartment complex off of East Six Forks Road, said he’s using a detour on Anderson Drive. He said Tuesday he hopes repairs would be finished soon so he can visit the restaurants and stores in Creekside Crossing.
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“I often go to that shopping center for meals and groceries,” Heathcote said.
The Shell gas station near the intersection of Six Forks and Plantation roads did not open Monday, and it was open limited hours Tuesday. The reduced hours will continue Wednesday with the goal to return to regular hours Thursday, said Angela Crews, manager of the station.
“We’ve only had walk-in customers today, and most of them have been construction workers who are working outside,” Crews said Tuesday.
The Kroger grocery store at Creekside Crossing in the 300 block of East Six Forks Road has remained open, but customers are struggling to get there.
“The road closure is impacting the flow of traffic coming into and out of our shopping center,” Anne Jenkins, a spokeswoman for Kroger, said in an email. “We are hopeful the city will be able to quickly complete the necessary repairs.”
Parents taking their children to the Childcare Network, a day care center in the 200 block of East Six Forks Road, also have had trouble getting to the building, said director Jessica Price.
Supercuts, a salon and barber shop, saw only half the typical number of customers Monday and Tuesday, said Donyale Weathersby, who works at the shop.
“We haven’t had the traffic we usually have,” she said.
Qdoba restaurant sent some employees home because of the lag in customers, said general manager Eric Gerner.
An average of 23,000 vehicles travel that stretch of East Six Forks Road daily, Blount said. An average of 8,400 vehicles use that part of Anderson Drive.
On Tuesday, 27 utility customers were still without water, Blount said. After the road repairs are complete, the city will advise residents in the area to boil their water until crews take samples and determine everything is safe.
Blount said water testing will likely begin Wednesday.
Madison Iszler: 919-836-4952; firstname.lastname@example.org