As part of the Orange Water and Sewer Authority's (OWASA's) sewer replacement project on Umstead Drive and along Bolin Creek, the Village Drive-Umstead Drive intersection is scheduled to be closed from Monday, Aug. 15, through November.

Due to the closure, Chapel Hill Transit will be unable to serve Village Drive.  Umstead Park will continue to be closed.

The closure continues to affect access to Bradley Road, Pritchard Avenue Extension, and other nearby streets. OWASA engineers expect that part of Umstead Drive will reopen to through traffic in October. The area that will reopen to traffic extends from the Bolin Creek bridge (near Greene Street) to Umstead Park.  This estimated timetable is subject to change due to weather, etc. 

OWASA's contractor continues to maintain access to the closed area for emergency vehicles, residents and members of the Exchange Club Pool. The Town of Chapel Hill and OWASA encourage drivers, cyclists and others to use alternate routes.

The Bolin Creek sewer replacement project is needed because wastewater flow in the existing sewer is approaching the pipe’s capacity. If wastewater flow exceeds a pipe’s capacity or is blocked, untreated wastewater would overflow from a manhole and could affect Bolin Creek. The existing sewer is also deteriorating as it ages.

For more information:  

OWASA (questions about the project purposes, location, contractor’s activities and schedule and related matters)

OWASA is a public, non-profit agency providing water, sewer and reclaimed water services to the Carrboro-Chapel Hill community.

Town of Chapel Hill (questions about the impact of the project on Town services and facilities)  

The Town and OWASA will send e-mail updates to anyone who signs up at Select “Chapel Hill eNews.”