Concern continues over bumpy Glenwood Ave

June 18, 2010 5:14:19 AM PDT
The North Carolina Department of Transportation is making an effort to smooth things over with residents and business owners along Glenwood Avenue.The $2 million road project to resurface and fix Glenwood Avenue has many of them growing increasingly frustrated.

Rialto Theater owner Bill Peebles says he is frustrated, because he learned on Thursday that for the next few months, street parking on Glenwood Avenue will be next to impossible.

Starting next week, there will be a new traffic pattern in front of his theater, between the Five Points intersection and Wade Avenue.

DOT crews will close one direction of travel at a time and have traffic flowing in both directions.

Peebles says it will leave his patrons with no where to park.

"Who's going to pay my bills," Peebles said.

DOT Engineer Jeff Allen says the Glenwood re-surfacing project was supposed to be relatively basic at first, but when crews discovered that the 70-year-old concrete on part of the road was in bad shape, things became complicated.

"Be patient with us, we are trying to ... finish this project as soon as possible," Allen said. "We found out we were going to have to do something different and so now we are looking at rehabbing this area."

In the meantime, Peebles says he understands the need to re-pave the road, but he just doesn't know if his business will survive.

"Just when we get everything paid off and we start making a few dollars, they take away my parking for three months," he said. "What do I do for pay between now and the completion date of the project?"

The project should be done by the end of August.

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