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Is the city ever going to pave Third Street off MLK Jr. Parkway or Red Cross Street?

Ken Little

Work on Third Street does not appear to be imminent.

The state Department of Transportation evaluates Third Street (also known as SR 1625) and all other paved state-maintained roads in the county every two years, said Gerard M. Taylor, New Hanover County Department of Transportation maintenance engineer.

Taylor said during the last Pavement Conditioning Survey the DOT inspected Third Street “for cracking, rutting, ride quality, number of patches among other deficiencies.”

The most recent survey was conducted in the winter of 2014 and the 2016 survey is underway, he said.

The DOT’s conditional rating scale relationship is 0 to 100, from worst to best.

The section of Third Street roadway has an average conditional rating of 96.7, Taylor said.

“Other routes within New Hanover County have a conditional rating of 70 or less and are currently being programmed prior to SR 1625. However, the timetable for all roadway resurfacing is compared to the total county roadway sections in need,” he said.

Sections of roadways included in a contract are determined based on the Pavement Condition Survey, average daily traffic and available funding.

“Consequently, a date as to when the section you refer to would be resurfaced cannot be given,” Taylor said.

The city of Wilmington maintains Red Cross Street.

The city “is currently developing a policy that will dictate how we address brick streets and/or brick streets that are covered with pavement that are in need of repair,” spokesman Dylan Lee said.

“Any full resurfacing of Red Cross Street is pending until a policy is approved by (City) Council. In the meantime, we do plan to repair damaged areas between Sixth and Seventh streets, which is the test area in which pavement was recently removed from the brick sub-surface,” Lee said.

Taylor said that for state-maintained roads, DOT’s New Hanover County Maintenance office can be contacted at (423) 341-5000 about roadway deficiencies.

Alerting the DOT to specific road deficiencies “generally (means) a more efficient response time is provided,” Taylor said.

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