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How does the N.C. DOT determine which roads require repaving?

Rachel Crofut

Jennifer Garifo, spokeswoman for the N.C. Department of Transportation, said that prioritization of routes for resurfacing is determined by a number of variables, such as:

Safety concerns: Where the DOT reviews crash histories of a specified route.

Pavement deficiencies: Including potholes, cracking, rutting, raveling, ride quality, etc.

Route type: Where primary routes usually take precedents over secondary routes.

Volume of traffic: Where routes with a higher volume of traffic will usually take precedent over routes with a lower volume of traffic.

The section of U.S. 17 in Brunswick County the questioner mentioned was a candidate for resurfacing for a few reasons, Garifo said, including the presence of rutting. Rutting can be hard to notice unless it is raining, when it then causes water to stand in the road and become a safety concern, especially in areas where there is a high volume of traffic, she said.

“The southbound lanes contain more deficiencies than the northbound lanes,” Garifo said. “Therefore, the department is placing multiple layers of asphalt where needed on the southbound side of U.S. 17 and only one layer on the northbound side. The northbound paving will preserve this pavement – keep it in good shape – and will also save the cost of having to pay to resurface the northbound side in the near future.”

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