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Repaving on Aging Beltline Might Cause Traffic Headaches

Posted September 14, 2007

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— Triangle drivers are preparing for more lane closures and delays when a major repaving project begins on the Beltline later this month.

The state Department of Transportation plans to repave 13 miles of the Beltline, or Interstate 440, from Wade Avenue in west Raleigh to the split with Interstate 40 in southeast Raleigh. The year-long project will cost an estimated $8.5 million, officials said.

Most of the work will be done on nights and weekends but could still cause sizable delays. The repaving will take place on both sides of the Beltline and is scheduled to be finished by August 31, 2008.

DOT officials said the Beltline is a heavily traveled road that's also badly in need of repair. I-440 has not received more than quick pothole patches in decades, and in parts, the road is crumbling, officials said.

Jolted drivers agreed with the DOT's assessment of the interstate's condition.

"The road condition itself, it's just been torn up. It's deteriorated over the years," one driver told WRAL.

Another driver said he won't miss "all the potholes. And I mean, really, you're tearing up your trucks, your vehicles, your tires."

After patching potholes, DOT crews will use a new re-paving material called NOVA Chip, a thin yet tough asphalt layer that will bond to the existing surface. That cutting-edge road-building technology will last between seven and 10 years, officials said.

NOVA Chip can also be effectively applied with one pass, allowing lanes to be reopened more quickly, engineers said.

The Beltline repaving project comes after a DOT survey of all of North Carolina's roads to determine where the agency's money will best be spent. Although North Carolina has 8,000 miles of road, DOT officials said they survey showed that 70 percent of traffic statewide uses the same 5,000 miles of road each day.

Based on those findings, heavily-traveled roads, such as I-440, will be priorities for repairs, DOT officials said.


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  • anonemoose Sep 16, 2007

    gopanthers, it depends on the weather.uring this period of massive global warming and monstrous drought, they ought to be done by friday in three weeks.

  • ECU_chick Sep 15, 2007

    Yes, that area of Wade Ave to Edwards Mill Road is horrible!

  • Hip-Shot Sep 15, 2007

    Need to get the stretch from 40 back to Wade(East) in vicinity of RBC Center and Edwards Mill. That is atrocious.

  • gopanthers Sep 15, 2007

    I think it will take more then a year. Any bets? LOL

  • Timbo Sep 15, 2007

    Exactly Pack-man. Some of those bridges are older than I am. If they decide to widen that portion of the road, it will be a major project!

  • GeorgiaPeach70 Sep 15, 2007

    Okay people lets stick to the topic!! If this state would pave the roads at night, instead of trying to pave during the times people are trying to get their children to school or in the middle of 5 o'clock rush hour. Then there would not be as much 'headaches'...It's all about common sense!

  • pack-man Sep 15, 2007

    why are they paving the section between wade and 1/64, didn't this get bumped up to widening? why don't they just widen that section already. that is the root of all traffic on I-40.

  • youtoo Sep 15, 2007

    The article has some false information in it. Total miles of road is closer to 78,680 miles instead of the 8,000 the article says. There are 156,000 lane-miles of roads, 6,500 miles of unpaved roads, and about 18,000 structures on the state maintained system.

  • EZGoing Sep 15, 2007

    You know, DOT technology and foresight is amazing. We put a man on the moon in 1969 and even gave him a car to drive around on the rough moon surface, but here in 2007 our overpaid DOT wizkids can't fix a pothole without major disruptions or "Engineering studies". Come on guys, I can mix enough "J B Weld" to patch a small hole in my driveway, why can't our latest technology repair a pothole in an efficient manner ??

  • missdawg Sep 15, 2007

    It's about time! I drive this stretch of road every day, and I've wondered if it was ever going to be repaved. It's needed more than sloppy pothole patching for years.