Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Ogden’s Torchwood Boulevard opening pushed back again, NCDOT aiming for February opening

Torchwood Boulevard will remain closed throughout the month of Jan. due to cracks caused by precipitation and freezing temperatures. (Port City Daily photo /BENJAMIN SCHACTMAN)
Torchwood Boulevard will remain closed throughout the month of Jan. due to cracks caused by precipitation and freezing temperatures. (Port City Daily photo / Benjamin Schachtman)

OGDEN — Torchwood Boulevard in Odgen has long been a main artery for drivers in the area, but thanks to a N.C. Department of Transportation project, it has been closed since June.

Now it appears the road will remain closed for another few months, with the NCDOT confirming it’s now aiming to reopen the road in February 2020.

The project was supposed to be completed in August (before school started) and then it was later revealed that storms like Hurricane Dorian (which caused minimal damage to the area) and water restrictions caused delays in the completion date.

In October the NCDOT said Torchwood would reopen in December, although, they did not provide any specific date. Likewise, while the NCDOT did confirm to Port City Daily the opening is now pushed back to February, no specific date has been set.

Moving forward, this is certainly not the last time drivers will experience closures in the Torchwood area as a whole.

“Putnam, Lendire, and Torchwood will all experience future flagging operations and/or closures during the life of the project after this phase / Torchwood is reopened.  Which roads will remain open and/or closed is all dependent on the phase of the project and operations. With that being said, at no time will Putnam, Lendire, and Torchwood all be closed simultaneously,” according to the NCDOT.


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