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Part of Queen Street in Kinston closed for water line installation

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KINSTON, Lenoir County - The City of Kinston closed the intersection of Queen Street and Peyton Avenue to install new water lines.

Detours signs were put in place for several blocks leading up to the intersection, which was barricaded and closed Monday at 8 a.m. The closure is expected to last until Friday at 5 p.m.

City officials say the road closure was the beginning of another phase of the ongoing installation of new water lines. The work is being carried out by crews from the Kinston City Public Services, a move which is meant to save the city a lot of money.

Northbound traffic will be detoured from Queen Street at Blount Street and from Blount Street to McLewean Street. Southbound traffic will be detoured from Queen Street at Washington Street and from Washington Street to Herritage Street.

"When we install water lines we have to not only do the work to install the lines, we have to test the pressure of the lines. We have to put in chlorine and test that and make sure it is safe to drink," said Rhonda Barwick, the director of Kinston Public Services.

Barwick says putting in the lines can take a little longer but expects that crews would be on track to finish the installation in that area for the scheduled reopening, Friday evening.

With crews trying to connect the new water lines to the main lines on the side roads, Barwick adds there will be some water outages in the area around Wednesday night. The director says they have planned for the water cut to happen overnight to minimize any inconveniences to the businesses in that area.

The water outage is scheduled to happen in the area along Queen Street from the railroad tracks near Blount Street continuing North to Grainger Avenue. Cuts will also happen for businesses one block east and west of the intersection of Peyton and Queen. The outage will begin at 10 p.m. Wednesday night and will last until 6 a.m. Thursday morning.

Crews have started sending out door hangers to notify those customers who would most likely be affected.

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