Glenwood Ave to remain bumpy for months

June 28, 2010 5:02:18 PM PDT
The North Carolina Department of Transportation says drivers can expect a very bumpy commute on Glenwood Avenue until the end of August.DOT crews are in the process of replacing 70-year-old concrete on Glenwood Avenue near the Five Points neighborhood.

Currently, the northbound lanes on Glenwood Avenue are shut down and traffic is down to one lane in each direction on the southbound lanes.

"It's necessary," Raleigh resident Carolyn Brockwell said. "I'm glad they're doing it, but it's a mess."

Brockwell says she understands the need for DOT crews to tear up the crumbling concrete on part of Glenwood Avenue, because she says road conditions there haven't been good for a while.

"I'd rather go another way than have to deal with the concrete the way it was," Brockwell said.

"It's pretty bad," Raleigh resident Michelle McWilliams said. "I've tried to avoid it as much as possible."

The final stage of the repaving project will also virtually eliminate street parking for businesses, something that has raised concerns.

"I feel pretty bad for the stores that are in that area," McWilliams said. "You have to do what you have to do. It's a part of living in the city. I know the roads. It takes forever to get them done and it's a mess while they're being done, but it really is better when they're done.

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