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When are they going to pave Oyster Lane off of Middle Sound Loop?

Ken Little
StarNews

The state Department of Transportation evaluates Oyster Lane and all other paved state-maintained roads in New Hanover County every year, said Robert Vause, Division 3 maintenance engineer of the DOT’s Division of Highways.

Other roads in the county are in worse shape and will get priority for the time being, he said.

“During the last Pavement Conditioning Survey, the department inspected the road for cracking, rutting, ride quality, (and the) number of patches, among other deficiencies,” he said.

The most recent survey was conducted in 2015.

The conditional rating scale relationship used by the DOT is 0 to 100, from worst to best.

“The section of roadway you refer to has an average conditional rating of 80,” Vause said.

Other routes totaling 69 miles within New Hanover County have a conditional rating of 80 or less “and are currently being programmed prior to Oyster Lane,” he said.

“However, the timetable for all roadway resurfacing is compared to the total county roadway sections in need,” Vause said. “The sections of roadways included in a contract are determined based on the Pavement Condition Survey, average daily traffic and available funding.”

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

DOT’s New Hanover County maintenance office can be contacted with regard to roadway deficiencies at (910) 341-0500.

By doing so, “generally a more efficient response time is provided,” Vause said.

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