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Highway requires temporary closure

N.C. 53 getting upgraded drainage pipes


WHITE OAK – A 2.5-mile section of N.C. 53 north of White Oak is scheduled to close to thru traffic on Monday for drainage work.

Maintenance employees for the N.C. Department of Transportation will replace four drainage pipes in proximity to one another with larger pipes that will improve storm drainage, the agency said in a release.

The pipes are under N.C. 53 between Johnson Road and the Bladen-Cumberland county line, as indicated by the blue line on this Google map.

Crews will dig up sections of the road, replace the pipes and repave the road, the release said. The project is expected to be completed and the road reopened by Nov. 4, the release said.

An 18-mile detour will send motorists onto Johnson Road and Tabor Church Road, which becomes River Road in Bladen County and intersects with N.C. 53 in White Oak.

People needing to access N.C. 53 should be cautious near the closure, and others should factor in the longer commute, the release said.

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