Glenwood repaving hits another setback

September 15, 2010 4:10:34 PM PDT
The resurfacing of one of Raleigh's most heavily traveled roads has hit another setback. Department of Transportation officials say a section of Glenwood Avenue needs a do-over.

Nearby residents and drivers alike have dealt with bumpy roads and road closures for months.

"It's been pretty rough on this stretch. They've been tearing the roads up a lot. They're starting to get a little bit better," said Raleigh resident Joseph Amash.

"It'll be nice to just have it smooth pretty, nice, no construction," said resident Cathy Boykin.

Crews have been working on repaving Glenwood since January. It's now three months delayed and nearly a million dollars over budget.

Now, the DOT says it'll cost taxpayers more than $50,000 extra to repave bumpy ridges left in the repaved surface between Womens Club Drive and St. Marys Street.

"We paid for it to be done correctly, and we shouldn't have to pay for it to be done twice," offered Raleigh resident Duke Boykin.

But the DOT said the materials used to fix the foundation of the road didn't work as expected.

"It was not the contractor's fault. It was a material issue," explained DOT engineer Jeff Allen. "We felt that the bumps did warrant some additional work, so we did come in to fix those bumps to try and make it a smoother ride."

Re-paving the problem section adds to an already costly string of surprises, and setbacks.

"It has been a very difficult job and we've had a lot of obstacles to overcome," said Allen.

Other delays were caused by heavy rains and after crews said they had to remove 50-year-old concrete and old trolley tracks near Five Points.

"Once we got into the Five Points and Wade Avenue area, we realized that it was a whole lot worse than we thought," said Allen.

The DOT has moved back the expected completion date to August and then mid-September, but workers are still at it.

"I guess you have to pay the price for having it look good. I'll just appreciate not having all the different bumps in the road," said Cathy Boykin.

The deadline is now the end of September.

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