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DOT Officials In Midst Of Multimillion Campaign To Fix State's Roads

Posted June 19, 2002

— If you have been stuck in traffic lately because of highway construction, you may have to get used to it. The Transportation Department is kicking off a three-year, multimillion-dollar program to fix some of the worst roads in the state.

All of Highway 70 from Clayton to Garner is getting a new surface. It is one example of something DOT officials are trying to do statewide.

Road crews have several DOT repaving projects lined up as well, including Capital Boulevard inside the Beltline, U.S. 70 from Crabtree Valley Mall to Duraleigh Road, Highway 64 in Cary. It is all part of a plan to put more emphasis on fixing the roads we already have.

After lobbying from the DOT, the General Assembly allowed $470 million over three years. That money will come out of the Highway Trust Fund. All of those millions of dollars will go to resurfacing and repair of existing roads -- work that many say has long been neglected.

Scott Daughtry sometimes cannot even get out of his driveway because of the repaving, but he has a good attitude about it.

"You have got to put up with some hassles to keep it up. I'd rather put up with this hassle and get the road in good condition than to ride on bad roads out here," he said.

All of the paving work is supposed to be done during nonrush hours. Contractors who violate the rules can have their building permits revoked.


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