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Why is Park Avenue between Hinton and Greenville avenues being patched instead of repaved?

Ken Little

Park Avenue is tentatively scheduled to be included in an upcoming “Full Depth Reclamation” project, Wilmington city spokesman Dylan Lee said.

When that will be was not specified.

“The nature of the pavement distresses on Park Avenue are an indication of a failing subgrade structure,” Lee said. “Therefore, if we simply overlaid the current surface with a new surface course of asphalt, the new asphalt would simply fail again in a few years unless the subgrade is rehabilitated at the same time.”

Patching may seem like a waste of time and resources to the casual observer, Lee continued, but the city needs to continue patching problem roads “until rehabilitation can occur to reduce or mitigate potential hazards to motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.”

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