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Tree removal to temporarily close US Hwy 17 lane

Work will begin Sunday morning

HAMPSTEAD – The N.C. Department of Transportation plans to close a lane of a Pender County highway to safely remove a tree.

A lane of U.S. 17 North between Dan Owen Drive and Factory Road is scheduled to close at 6:30 a.m. Sunday. NCDOT expects the removal process will take up to five hours.

The tree that is being removed was recently struck by lightning.

While a lane will remain open to traffic, drivers are urged to seek an alternate route if possible, and if not, remain alert and use caution near where crews are working.

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