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Groovy kind of road

Posted July 27, 2010

How many of you have driven down Avent Ferry Road lately in Raleigh? It’s a groovy kind of road. And that’s not necessarily good. The road is long overdue for repaving and it’s in the works but it seems like it’s been weeks since the pavement was milled and grooved in preparation for resurfacing. It’s a bit scary driving down the road now. Your car tends to move in the direction of the grooves. It’ll be great to get a new layer of asphalt down on this well-traveled and pothole plagued road but it sure seems to take a long time to get the job done. I would prefer timing the preparation a little closer to the repaving.

Kildare Farm Road in Cary is going through the same thing. It’s a groovy situation there as well.

What are your thoughts about these repaving projects? How can we improve things?


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  • tarheel4life Jul 28, 2010

    "NCDOT doesn't permit contractors to leave those hazardous conditions for that long. (Not necessarily the milled pavement, but the extensive lips on the manholes, water valves, and at the terminus of the project.)"

    Well I'd like to know what happened to Avent Ferry road then. The manholes/water valves/etc were popping a few inches out of the road for at least two weeks, maybe longer. Caused all sorts of problems. They just finally took away the lips within the last week.

    And I may be in the minority here, but I think milled pavement is a safety hazard. Not to mention all the traffic congestion it creates due to people having to crawl over the intersections. You take a light where you used to be able to get through in 1 or 2 rotations, and it can take 15 minutes to make it through the light because of how slow everyone has to go.

    Thanks for the comment Bill; Looking forward to the story.

  • bleslie Jul 28, 2010

    We are scheduled to do a story on this today. Thanks for your comments.

  • mt14781 Jul 27, 2010

    Don't blame the state... All of these milling and resurfacing jobs are Raleigh DOT. NCDOT doesn't permit contractors to leave those hazardous conditions for that long. (Not necessarily the milled pavement, but the extensive lips on the manholes, water valves, and at the terminus of the project.)

  • tarheel4life Jul 27, 2010

    Surely someone at WRAL can do a quick story on this issue. Do some interviews...find out what's really going on here.

  • tarheel4life Jul 27, 2010

    This is beyond the point of annoying. Can WRAL do a story about this? I know of a number of people who have had popped tires and had near accidents from the road conditions after they're milled/scraped...I can only imagine the accidents on these roads have skyrocketed since they were milled.

    Glenwood, Avent Ferry and Millbrook. Why scrape them and then leave them for weeks/months on end. What kind of sense does this make?

  • marywag Jul 27, 2010

    This is so,so true.. KFR is terrible and especially when it is raining like it is today!!! It is dangerrous!!! Will be so glad when it is finished!!! Becareful!!!

  • GoldenLover Jul 27, 2010

    I just wish the city/state would pave over some potholes and gigantic bumps.

  • garnertoy Jul 27, 2010

    millbrook road is like that too with grooves holes that you have to dodge.

  • Glass Half Full Jul 27, 2010

    Like driving into Boone on 421? That seems like the never ending road project. If there were a way for me to get into Boone without having to go MANY miles out of my way, I would. As for in town, take a different route until the work is complete.

  • washed ashore Jul 27, 2010

    I totally agree and was just having this very conversation this past weekend. One of the roads near my neighborhood in Durham was "prepared" for paving. This included the grooves and manholes raised. Also there is a bridge on this road and they created a huge dip between the road and the bridge. There wasn't even a sign put up about the dangerous dip for days! Yes, something needs to be addressed as to the timing of these projects. Ready to pave? Ok, let's pave now! Not weeks later. Maybe someone from the DOT could comment?




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