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DOT discusses Glenwood Avenue roadwork delays

Posted June 17, 2010

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— North Carolina Department of Transportation officials met with business owners and residents along Glenwood Avenue Thursday afternoon to discuss construction delays there.

The $1.7 million resurfacing job between Wade Avenue and Women's Club Drive was supposed to be complete this month, but workers found crumbling concrete beneath the 60-year-old roadway.

DOT leaders say it could take several more months before the roadwork is complete.

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"When you start removing 10 inches of old concrete and replace it, it's no longer a resurfacing project, so it will take a bit longer," said DOT division engineer Wally Bowman.

The problem could add more than $600,000 to the total cost of the project.

Crews will begin fixing the broken foundation in a few days, engineers said. Lanes of travel will be restricted during the process. Drivers are urged to use Oberlin Road and Capital Boulevard as alternate routes.

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  • Bendal1 Jun 18, 2010

    Whine, whine, whine. Milling and resurfacing projects are exactly that; nothing more, nothing less. No, the geotechnical unit does not conduct subsurface investigations on mill/resurface projects; these are typically generic type projects that don't involve a lot of engineering work, if any.

    Oh, you'll say "well DOT should have checked", won't you? Well, that takes time, costs money, and adds to the contract cost, none which are needed on 90% of these kind of projects.

    This is just like someone doing work on your house and finding that more work is needed after the siding is removed, so the cost of the contract will go up. Stop whining and accept that sometimes there are surprises in construction, and move on.

  • com_mon_sents Jun 18, 2010

    Carpet bombed...LOL...I liked that one, and the perfect description for that road before the repairs.
    I can remember the exit off captial onto wade..just as you merged on to wade...and the ramp curved the concrete block there had sunk down on one side...made that one spot a "death trap to your 2 driver side tires" glad that was fixed as well I can only imagine the real damage they saw that we don't truly understand.
    We all have to be patient and willing to work around anything in life if we want the best outcome.

  • Leonardo Jun 18, 2010

    DontLikeTheSocialistObama - Do you have any better solutions, or are you just belly-aching? All the privately-owned roads projects in this country have turned into nothing more than highly-expensive toll roads that few people use. If you don't like our 'socialist' roads, then find some other way to get from place to place that doesn't involve using them.

    Lone Voice is right...people complain WAY too much about the government. Yet these same people are the ones electing idiots (a.k.a. the 'common man' politician who they associate with and make all the right promises) instead of intelligent people (a.k.a. 'egg-heads', 'out-of-touch', 'liberals', etc...). What do you expect when you keep electing stupid people to office? You reap what you sow people.

  • Lone Voice in the Wilderness Jun 18, 2010

    "make an omelette without cracking eggs" is what I meant to type. Feel free to complain about my lack of typing ability this early in the morning…

  • Lone Voice in the Wilderness Jun 18, 2010

    Wow.

    People really love to complain, don't they. If they don't fix it, people complain. When they do fix it, people complain. If they work at night only, people would complain that it is taking twice as long. If they work night & day, people will complain about how much it costs in overtime.

    Perhaps the DOT shouldn't have done anything at all--or would you have complained about that.

    What has happened to people that makes them think you can make an omelette with cracking eggs?

    Yes, it is taking longer than expected. But I for one am glad that Glenwood Avenue is finally being fixed. I got tired of that street feeling like it had been carpet bombed.

    If you don't like the way our state is being managed, feel free to move to another state where the roads are perfect, every DOT project is on-time, and the work is done at a schedule that is convenient to 100% of the population.

  • com_mon_sents Jun 17, 2010

    Did they ever say just how old that road is? I know they were saying somethign about 50 years or so, I would assume maybe older than that. It's definitely a rough ride, one that I try to avoid simply due to the pavement.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jun 17, 2010

    Another mistake by our DOT. With a road as old as Glenwood that had the concrete problems that it had. You would think the DOT would think there would be worn out concrete that needs to be replaced. Another problem brought to you by the same people who created the I-40 and I-795 paving disasters.

  • gocanes09 Jun 17, 2010

    I'm willing to wait a while longer if they make sure it is repaired correctly. Regular alignment and tire balancing costs have started to take a toll the past couple of years.

  • WHEEL Jun 17, 2010

    Surprise, surprise, what happened to the testing division or have they been too busy trying to figure out why I-795 came apart?

  • McLovin Jun 17, 2010

    Just rip up the whole darn road and re-do it...its an old street...make it new again...