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Are they ever going to repave Airlie Road, or at least repaint the double yellow lines?

Patrick Gannon
StarNews

Cars pass under the canopy of trees along Airlie Road on Sept. 28, 2010. StarNews photo by Paul Stephen.

In January or February of next year, Wilmington City Council is expected to vote on an agreement with the N.C. Department of Transportation to repaint the road markings, said Dylan Lee, a spokesman for the city of Wilmington.

Because the DOT will do the work, exactly when it will be done is unclear.

Because the road is mainly concrete, not asphalt, paint will be used instead of the long-lasting thermoplastic markings used on other roads, Lee said. The thermoplastic markings don’t adhere well to concrete. Because the use of paint is uncommon, the city is working with the DOT. That is the most cost-effective way, Lee said.

Asked about repaving the road, Lee said: “Not at this time although that will have to be addressed eventually.”

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