NCDOT bringing Church Street up to snuff

By: By Beth Lawrence - blawrence@civitasmedia.com
Beth Lawrence | Laurinburg Exchange Crews from the Department of Transportation re-poured and smoothed out concrete entry ramps to a sidewalk during a break in Thursday’s rain.

LAURINBURG – The North Carolina Department of Transportation will be spending $1.5 million this summer to make upgrades to sidewalks and the roadbed on Church Street.

Curb accesses to sidewalks are being brought up to code and the road will be repaved at some point, according to NCDOT officials.

“Curb entries from the high school to Hall Street are being brought up to new standards to make them wheelchair accessible,” said Taurus Ross, project inspector with NCDOT. “Eventually the whole road will be repaved from the Highway-74 Bypass to Pilkington.”

The Pilkington plant is at the intersection of Rocky Ford Road and Business Highway 74.

The project is being done by NCDOT with funds set aside for regular repair and maintenance according to Joseph Standridge, NCDOT transportation supervisor.

The state sets aside a certain amount each year for primary road resurfacing and takes a survey to see which roads most need work.

“Church Street was one of the worst,” Standridge said.

The project was expected to be completed by early summer, but crews ran into other issues that could cause the project to go on until August.

“Problems arose because Church Street was originally made concrete and is not wide enough in places, and we hit dirt in some places,” Standridge said. “We need to make those areas structurally sound before we can repave.”

One of the areas needing to be fixed were the concrete road joints that had to be broken up and poured with asphalt to make them ready to be repaved, according to Ross.

Beth Lawrence | Laurinburg Exchange Crews from the Department of Transportation re-poured and smoothed out concrete entry ramps to a sidewalk during a break in Thursday’s rain.
https://www.laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/web1_Allfixed.jpgBeth Lawrence | Laurinburg Exchange Crews from the Department of Transportation re-poured and smoothed out concrete entry ramps to a sidewalk during a break in Thursday’s rain.

By Beth Lawrence

blawrence@civitasmedia.com

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