DOT to resurface Glenwood Avenue

Posted February 15, 2010

— Drivers will soon have relief from the jarring rides they and their vehicles now endure on Glenwood Avenue inside the Interstate 440 Beltline.

The state Department of Transportation plans to begin resurfacing the street between Wade Avenue and Woman's Club Drive on Tuesday. The $1.7 million project involves removing the crumbling top layer of asphalt, milling the base and applying a new layer of asphalt.

Glenwood Avenue potholes Glenwood Avenue to get makeover

"It could keep us from spending a large amount of money to patch and still take care of the issue," said Reid Elmore, district engineer for the DOT.

The problems on that stretch of Glenwood Avenue are not simply potholes, Elmore said. In DOT parlance, the road is "spalling," meaning the asphalt is coming loose from its concrete base.

Either way, he says, the craters make for a rough ride. Drivers are quick to agree with that assessment.

"I don't even mess with Glenwood. There are too many cars, and the potholes are terrible," said Asa Dunbar, who rides to work on Glenwood Avenue on a motorized 1959 Sears Starliner bicycle.

"It just makes me nervous when the cars swerve to miss the pothole, and they're coming into our lane," driver Jo McKenna said.

Bryan Barker, who owns the Glenwood Village Exxon, said he has had to repair tires or realign the steering on numerous cars because of the uneven surface along the road.

"It's as bad as I've ever seen it," Barker said.

Elmore said resurfacing the road instead of trying to patch holes could save taxpayers up to $20,000. Contractor CC Mangum Co. is expected to finish the project by June.

A resurfacing project on Wade Avenue is already about halfway done, and work on the street between Oberlin Road and Capital Boulevard will start when warm weather arrives, he said.

"In the meantime, I will be cautiously driving, trying not to swerve into the other lane and probably getting my car aligned soon," McKenna said.


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  • timothycapwell Feb 16, 2010

    Just wait until that toll road gets built. All your pot hole worries are over, Raleigh. Ha!

  • Dolphan Feb 16, 2010

    Not sure if DOT handles Aviation Parkway near RDU but it is in BAAADD shape

  • ncwebguy Feb 16, 2010

    That stretch of road is NC 50 *and* US 70. It sees a lot of traffic, including buses and heavy trucks. Other than Capital, there is no good 440 to downtown connection for trucks. Heavy trucks and the long incline near the Country Club put a lot of stress on the road. The multiple routes through the Five Points intersection does a number on the asphalt in there too.

    They repaved the area a few years ago, but did not do too good of a job of milling/fixing the concrete base, a similar problem to the I-40 mess in Durham, yet Glenwood was never fixed. Its joints swell under the asphalt, which creates the "bumpy" ride. The smallest of potholes get a lot bigger after every ice storm, making matters worse.

    The gas tax is not enough to maintain the existing network *and* finish 485, 540, etc. Tolling new roads will help keep gas tax $ for repairs like this.

    Wendell doesn't pay to fix US 64. Heck, more Raleigh gas taxes pay for that than Wendell's.

  • Shadow213 Feb 16, 2010

    FINALLY. It's so bad between Anderson Drive and Oberlin Road, I mistook it for a gravel road. If you don't think tax dollars are being appropriately spent on repaving this road, you clearly haven't driven it, especially after the snow. And something else I hope this repaving fixes is the water drainage. The section from Oberlin to 440 has horrible flooding, especially in the left lanes. I hydroplane in the smallest of rainshowers all the time.

  • Nobody but Carolina Feb 16, 2010

    It is certainly needed and I've felt it's been needed for quite a while. I only drive it once every five weeks when I leave work to go get my hair cut and the only reason for that is so I won't have to deal with the stop sign getting off 440 and heading towards downtown. I'm glad for all the people that drive it every day.

  • BeenHereSince67 Feb 16, 2010

    Have any of you folks thought about how many 100s of millions of dollars the asphalt/paving companies have made off of the "Stimulus Package"? Who made those decisions? Seems they should have spent half of the paving budget fixing our broke-down, unsafe, out-of-compliance BRIDGES first!

    The paving company owners must be very, very, happy! What other job allows you to perform a service and apparently not have to provide the state with any form of warranty that the work will last as long as it should. Many times we've seen paving work go bad quickly and the state have to pay to do it over again!!!! These folks should be held to very strict quality control standards just like most other services are these days ... especially when they are so eagerly feeding voraciously at the public trough (for you young folks and folks not FROM NC, that means sucking up tax dollars).

  • raleighres1 Feb 16, 2010

    geosol - "I don't drive down that road so i don't want any of MY tax money wasted on fixing it." - I really hope that you're joking and that I just didn't catch the sarcasm.

  • maydaymanny Feb 16, 2010

    How about you finish Wade Avenue first. From Glenwood exit to 70 is a nightmare.

  • PC is for Losers Feb 15, 2010

    Doh! Highway 70. My bad.

  • notagain1903 Feb 15, 2010

    Hope they do a better job than they did in Daytona!!