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Repairs to hurricane-damaged streets in Fayetteville could take more than a year

Posted January 25

Three months ago Hurricane Matthew hit North Carolina. Plenty of roads are still waiting for repairs, including a section of Highway 53 in southern Cumberland County.  The detour around that short stretch of road takes drivers on a 30-mile journey.
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— Repairs to some Fayetteville streets damaged by Hurricane Matthew will take longer than anticipated.

City officials had expected to complete the $8 million in repairs by August, but project managers said they have to take some additional steps in the design work and bidding to ensure Fayetteville can be reimbursed for the repairs by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Those extra steps will add four months to the repair scheduled.

Shawcroft Road, the only entrance to the King's Grant subdivision off Ramsey Street, is the main road caught in the delay. After the hurricane washed out the culvert underneath the road, city crews built a temporary dirt-and-gravel road off Farmers Road so residents, school buses and commercial vehicles could get into and out of the subdivision.

Some of the other roads that remain closed were built over earthen dams that breached in the storm.

Meanwhile, the state Department of Transportation will replace a Cumberland County culvert damaged by the hurricane with a bridge, officials said Wednesday.

The culvert is on N.C. Highway 53 near Jessups Pond, close to the Bladen County line.

Drivers have had to take a 30-mile detour around the damaged road to get to Fayetteville since the October storm.

S&C Construction of Wilmington was awarded the $1.2 million express design-build contract for the bridge, and work is expected to start in the next week or so.

The bridge is expected to be in place by mid-June.

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