I-795 needs millions in repairs

January 9, 2009 3:06:59 PM PST
A federal highway report say Interstate 795 in Wilson County needs millions of dollars worth of repairs.The problem is faulty asphalt that will need to be dug out and replaced. Then, an additional layer of 2.5 or 3 inches of asphalt should be added on top.

The work will cost more than $20 million.

The 68-page report says the highway is deteriorating much faster than it should and that pavement layers aren't bonded together properly.

DOT started emergency repairs in late 2008 on the most damaged sections of I-795 in northern Wayne County, at a cost of $483,746. I-795 began cracking up in the spring of 2007, just 16 months after traffic started rolling on the 18-mile freeway. The asphalt was supposed to be good for 15 years.


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