Drivers unhappy with pace of paving

July 15, 2010 4:01:59 PM PDT
Starling Bissette says his commute down Millbrook road has turned rough thanks to some road work.

"Somebody's making a mess out of it and it's just not right," he said.

Bissette says workers tore up the old pavement and have done some repaving, but the job's not finished.

He says parts of Lead Mine Road are bad too.

The Department of Transportation says while the construction may be a nuisance for drivers, the work has to be done.

"It's part of the maintenance of effort that the state's doing in order to work on secondary roads," explained Cadmus Capehart with the DOT. "It started a couple of weeks ago with milling off the top inch and a half to three inches of surface, so it's a progression of work from the milling crew to the patching crew."

The work has been aggravating many drivers who are facing similar projects across the Triangle.

Starling just wants to see it end.

"I really want to know when they're going to be finished," he said.

Capehart says it will take a while.

"Millbrook Road is one of the longer roads that we have. We're actually resurfacing from Falls of Neuse to Glenwood Avenue to 70. Because of the length of it, we're going to try and do it in sections," he explained.

The dot hopes to have the work done by September. It also says the commute should smooth out by then.

"All those patches will be covered up when we're done with a final surface course of asphalt, so it should greatly improve the riding quality from what it is now," said Capehart.

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