Updated as of 5:24 p.m. on Nov. 14 to include comment from project engineer Brent Mills.
According to Vice President for student life Jon Dooley, East Haggard Avenue — from North Williamson Avenue to North Antioch Avenue — will be closed for three weeks starting on Nov. 15 and opening again on Dec. 6. In addition, part of North O’Kelly Avenue located north of East Haggard will be closed as well. Dooley sent an email from Senior Director for Facilities Management Raymond Fletcher, who said the closure is due to a project conducted by the Town of Elon focused on water system improvements.
“The closure will be in place on weekdays from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. with a detour in place directing traffic around the work area,” Fletcher wrote.
During non-work hours, the roadways are expected to resume back to normal, and most of the sidewalks will remain untouched by the roadwork.
Brent Mills, project engineer, said contractors will be upsizing the waterline, but need to shut down the road due to aging of the infrastructure. He also said restrictions of the existing road structure require construction to be done in the roadway.
In addition, the email included information about detours and alternative routes for the Elon Express. Fletcher also encouraged both drivers and pedestrians to be cautious while navigating around this project.
“We will have traffic control set up,” Mills said, “Just be aware of the detour.”
Jill Weston, Elon’s downtown development coordinator, was unavailable for comment.