Traffic once again moving on Cary Pkwy. following culvert fire
By WNCN Staff
CARY, N.C. -
westbound and eastbound lanes of Cary Parkway are once again open after a
culvert fire forced the road's closure while crews made emergency repairs.
town re-opened the westbound lanes of Cary Parkway Thursday afternoon. The
eastbound lanes re-opened on Saturday.
town says the inside lane remained closed to allow crews to work on the median.
Parkway has been closed since April 1 for an emergency repair project to
replace a fire-damaged culvert under the roadway.
Zammit, 17, of Cary, is charged with a Class 2 Misdemeanor: Intentionally
Setting Fire to Grass, Brush lands, or Woodlands in the case of the March 21
fire caused damage to a 12-by-8 foot culvert that will require 100 feet of pipe
to be replaced. The repairs will include tearing up the pavement, replacing the
damaged pipe and repaving.
admitted to starting the fire, police said. If convicted, Zammit faces up to 60
days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
probable cause affidavit released last week indicates the suspect melted a
portion of the culvert's protective layer of bituminous -- more commonly known
as asphalt -- coating and reapplied it to the outside of the pipe to spell the
direct result of the sustained heat source to the bituminous coating could have
been a vapor which produced a flame," the affidavit says. "This flame
could have been the origin of the fire within the culvert pipe and surrounding
grass, woods and brush."
say Zammit texted a friend the day after the fire to show them what he had done
to the culvert.
N.C. Department of Transportation awarded Connecticut-based Lane Construction a
contract to make repairs to the parkway.
Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:43 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:43:09 GMT
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