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Road Closure at University Dr and Hope Valley Rd Intersection

Hello neighbors.  No doubt by now you may have noticed some signage that has gone up from NCDOT regarding the closure of the intersection at University Dr. and Hope Valley Rd. (NC-751) and more signs were being installed today (though they are covered at the moment).  The closure will be due to the start of the construction of the roundabout that will be installed at the intersection instead of having traffic lights.

I am sure many of our neighbors are concerned as to how the traffic flow will impact our neighborhood for not only thru traffic but also local traffic.  An inquiry was submitted to NCDOT and below is the response that was provided.

The length of the closure will be for approximately eight months, from 3/4/2019 to 11/1/2019. Here are the detours:

– University Drive (from east to west): Turn right onto Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, exit off to Academy Rd, turn left on Academy Rd, and turn right to continue on University Drive.
– Hope Valley Road (from north to south): Turn right onto University Dr. Turn left to Old Chapel Hill Road. Turn left onto Martin Luther King, Jr. Pkwy., then turn right to continue on Hope Valley Road.

All local access will remain for all local roads in the neighborhood, such as Cornwallis Rd, Stuart Dr, and Bexley Ave. You will simply not be able to cross the intersection of Hope Valley and University at the Epworth United Methodist Church due to the construction.

Here is a link to the press release that was sent out on 2/18/2019 that you can share: https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2019/2019-02-18-durham-intersection-pipe-replacement.aspx

To be completely upfront there is no real way to know what to expect come Monday and how much traffic may try to come through our streets.  Hopefully any spike in increased traffic will be temporary as drivers learn the correct detour routes.

Another robbery 3100 block Oxford

3100 Block of Oxford Drive Last night at approximately 10:00 pm while the owners were at home,  someone came through the carport, broke a window entered and grabbed a backpack. The person was described as dressed  all in black . The homeowner immediately asked the person to get out.  Police were called and responded quickly . Canines were brought in to try to get a lead on the perpetrator however they were not able to apprehend anyone.

If you have an outside camera with footage of this area the police would  greatly appreciate it if you would share it with them. Also if you saw  anyone suspicious last night  please contact  the police.

Be extra vigilant making sure blinds/curtains are closed so as not to give whoever is doing this an easy crime of opportunity. PLEASE be on the look out and if you notice anything that feels unusual call 911.

 

break-in 3100 block

There was an attempted  break-in in the 3100 block last night at about 10:00pm.  The folks were at home, both cars in the driveway, lights on in the house. Someone smashed the window in the kitchen door, reached in and turned the lock to break-in. The home owners were alerted when they heard the glass break so the intruder left. Nothing was taken and the police were contacted.

Please be extra vigilant as the likelihood of this happening again is high. If you saw anything suspicious please let us know.

Durham Big Sweep and Neighborhood Cleanup Update

Durham’s Annual Big Sweep Litter Cleanup Set for October 6

Volunteers Needed for Cleanup Sites Across Durham

DURHAM, N.C. – Recent rains from Hurricane Florence have left litter strewn along creeks and roadsides throughout Durham. Residents ready to help protect fish and wildlife from harmful litter while also boosting the appearance of the community are invited to volunteer now for Durham Big Sweep 2018.

Last year’s annual fall cleanup removed more than 30,000 pounds of trash and recyclables that would have otherwise washed downstream into drinking water reservoirs. Volunteers can sign up now at www.durhambigsweep.org to join an existing cleanup or to register a cleanup site with their own group. If volunteers cannot participate on Saturday, October 6, they are encouraged to pick another day in September or October to roll up their sleeves and help clean up Durham.

According to Keep Durham Beautiful Executive Director Tania Dautlick, 5,100 volunteers have picked up over 160,000 pounds of litter since the inception of Durham Big Sweep in 2000. “We can reduce litter,” said Dautlick. “We are a community that takes tremendous pride in everything Durham. We can all do our part to transform litter hot spots into green spots.”

The Durham Big Sweep 2018, coordinated by the Durham County Soil and Water Conservation District, Keep Durham Beautiful, and the City of Durham Public Works Department Stormwater & GIS Services Division, focuses on removing litter before it can negatively impact water quality and harm wildlife.

Volunteers will receive supplies including gloves, trash bags, litter grabbers, and vests. Additional support for Durham Big Sweep 2018 is provided by the Durham County General Services Department and the City of Durham Neighborhood Improvement Services Department.

For more event information and volunteer opportunity details, contact Keep Durham Beautiful at info@keepdurhambeautiful.org or (919) 560-4197

About the Durham County Soil & Water Conservation District
The Durham County Soil & Water Conservation District seeks to conserve, enhance and promote the natural resources of Durham County by providing technical assistance, environmental education information and economic incentives to County citizens and by exhibiting a diversified program to meet its changing needs. For more information, visit the website, like on Facebook, and follow on Twitter.

About Keep Durham Beautiful

Keep Durham Beautiful is a nonprofit, volunteer organization working in partnership with the City of Durham General Services Department and Durham County to encourage residents, businesses, and community organizations to protect the environment and enhance the appearance of Durham through cleanup events, beautification projects, waste reduction, and educational activities. To learn more, visit the website, like on Facebook, and follow on Instagram, flickr, and Twitter.

About the Public Works Department Stormwater and GIS Services Division

The Stormwater and GIS Services Division with the City of Durham Public Works Department is guided by the City’s Strategic Plan goals of stewardship of the City’s physical and environmental assets and innovative and high-performing organization. Activities include storm drainage design and plans review; inspecting and maintaining City-owned drainage systems; enforcing stormwater ordinances and regulations; education and outreach; stream monitoring, restoration, and watershed master planning; maintaining multiple layers of the City’s geographic information; and stormwater billing. To learn more visit the division’s web page, like on Facebook, and follow on Twitter.

Curbside Collection Delayed by One Day Due to Hurricane

The City of Durham Solid Waste Management Department suspended all curbside collection services on Thursday, September 13 and Friday, September 14 due to Hurricane Florence. Curbside collections are still planned to resume on Monday, September 17, at which time garbage and recycling customers not collected on September 13 as well as yard waste and bulky services customers not collected on September 13 and 14, will be serviced.

This schedule shift next week means that collection for all curbside services, including solid waste, recycling, yard waste and bulky services, will also be delayed by one business day for the entire week as follows:

· Monday customers – Tuesday, September 18 collection
· Tuesday customers – Wednesday, September 19 collection
· Wednesday customers – Thursday, September 20 collection
· Thursday customers – Friday, September 21 collection

Additionally, the City’s Waste Disposal and Recycling Center (Transfer Station), located 2115 E. Club Boulevard, closed at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12. The City’s Waste Disposal and Recycling Center will re-open under normal operating hours on Monday, September 17.

Neighbor Help – Hurricane Florence

Greetings Neighbors.  I hope everyone has done their due diligence for weathering the approaching storm.  Although it appears that Durham will be outside of the worst of the storm let us not drop our guard as there could still be possible reprecussions to manage during and after the storm.  With this in mind I believe it is important for neighbors to help neighbors should some “non-critical” assistance be needed once the storm has passed.

Any neighbor who may need a helping hand to help clear some debris that may be blocking your home entry or something similar can reach out by posting comments here or in the event of a power outage tie a rag to their mailbox post. After the storm has passed we will try to make a few rounds in the neighborhood to see what can be done to assist a neighbor until professional services can be arranged by the homeowner.

Neighbors are not likely professionals so anything to large to manage will need to be addressed by a professional.  Any critical emergencies should be address by calling 911.

Electrical outages can be reported to Duke Energy 1-800-769-3766.

Blocked roads can be reported to Durham One Call 919-560-1200

Water treatment plants are 24/7/365 with backup power so as long as water flows from your taps it is safe to drink.

More information available at alertdurham.com

Best of luck to everyone.

National Night Out celebration Update

Hello Neighbors, 

Unfortunately due to a lack of interest, our annual NNO gathering will not happen this year on the 06 August 2018. This would have been our 9th annual celebration.

Many factors, but primarily an  overall lack of interest in having the event, have resulted in the event being cancelled. It takes time and participation in order to plan and coordinate for those who have worked on NNO event committees the past 8 years. 

This national celebration is also celebrated during the hottest time of year for us and on a Tues evening as well.

All is not lost however. We were thinking of having a neighborhood picnic in early October perhaps when the weather less hot and on a Friday or Sat evening. Feel free to comment with thoughts, interests and suggestions.

Stay cool and enjoy the rest of the summer.

UE Durham Community Watch Team.