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Cracked pavement on I-795 puzzles DOT

Posted August 14, 2008

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— The North Carolina Department of Transportation says it is still not sure what is causing a 2.5-mile stretch of Interstate 795 to crack.

It could cost the state up to $1 million more for repairs before engineers even find out what the problem is.

The cracks surfaced soon after the 21-mile, $120 million highway from Wilson to Goldsboro opened two years ago.

A permanent fix was expected to be in place by the end of the summer, but DOT division engineer Ricky Greene says it could be the end of the year before the agency can fix the problem.

The added cost concerns state Rep. Ty Harrell, D-Wake, a member of the Legislature's Transportation Oversight Committee.

"We've got to figure out what the problems are before we just start throwing millions of dollars around to repair small patches of road. That eats away at our overall budget for greater infrastructure needs," he said.

The DOT and outside contractors have tested the road's surface extensively, and the Federal Highway Administration used deep-penetrating radar in an effort to provide answers.

So far, Greene says, there are none.

"This is a very long stretch, and we want to look at all of it from a risk-management basis to make sure what the extent of the problem is," Greene said.

It's possible more money will be required once crews identify the problem. Also uncertain is whether crews can fix just the cracked 2.5-mile stretch or if they will have to redo the entire highway. Some estimates have that alternative adding another $7 million to I-795's cost.

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  • rnbritt Aug 15, 2008

    You wanted Design/Build, you got it. Now deal with it. Thank your Transportation Board and Governor, past and present.

  • bs101fly Aug 14, 2008

    everything puzzles the NC DOT, what a joke and waste of tax payers money!
    I'm telling you, the next stretch of poor road you're going to hear about is the new stretch heading to Sanford on US1 south of Walnut St.
    Bounce, bounce and flippin' bounce!!

    Good job boys!!

  • airbornemonty Aug 14, 2008

    Rather than inspecting the surface of the road,have them check under the road for that flowing stream of water that is corroding the dirt underneath the road.

  • aglamm1 Aug 14, 2008

    So, why has everybody forgot what the associate engineer with DOT said a few months ago? She told them that the pavement design was too thin. How hard is that to figure out?

  • obs Aug 14, 2008

    "Cracked pavement on I-795 puzzles DOT"

    but of course it does!

  • NCSUBAEstudent Aug 14, 2008

    I would hope that they've done simple soil tests to determine if the soil is the issue. There could be kaolinite clays in the fill which expands and decompresses with water.

  • Lit Aug 14, 2008

    "The cracks surfaced soon after the 21-mile $120 million highway from Wilson to Goldsboro opened two years ago."

    Slipshod roadwork = slipshod roads...why does this continue to mystify NC DOT?

  • rwlamon Aug 14, 2008

    This should be looked into with great care. One of the oldest rackets in construction is shorting the materials, selling the excess, and pocketing the money. In the age of cocaine--who knows?

  • andyasumtneer Aug 14, 2008

    Hmmmm, must be a REALLY slow day at WRAL. When in doubt for a story, bash DOT!

  • denverbob234 Aug 14, 2008

    the problem is a corrupt DOT and the huge pay-offs. How can they say the permament fix will be in by a certain time when they have already stated that they don't know what the problem is. How can you permanently fix something until you know what the problem is. Remember DOT not everyone here was educated here. Some of us will ask questions that will be difficult to lie your way out of.

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