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Why are they repaving Interstate 40 near Exit 364?

Jim Ware

What appears to be repaving is actually completion of a job that started in the fall and was interrupted by winter, said N.C. Department of Transportation spokeswoman Jennifer Garifo.

The original plan was for the contractor to put two layers of asphalt on that stretch of Interstate 40 near Exit 364, Garifo said.

After postponing the project because of winter, the contractor went on to work on other federal stimulus projects and is just now coming back to finish the I-40 paving, Garifo said.

The top layer being applied now is technically called the open-graded asphalt friction course, she said. It’s purpose is to help reduce skidding by quickly shedding water from the surface of the road.

To check the status of other N.C. DOT highway projects, visit http://www.ncdot.org/projects/

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