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Why did DOT only repair a small stretch of River Road, then put up a ‘Rough Road’ sign?

Ken Little
StarNews

Q. Why did the N.C. Department of Transportation only repair a small stretch of River Road, then put up a rough road sign? The pavement is still very bumpy and dangerous for a 55 mph zone with a bike path. Will they even out the rest?

A. The department placed “Rough Road” signs on SR 1576 (River Road) prior to the pavement leveling in the vicinity of Halyburton Memorial Parkway, said Gerard M. Taylor, N.C. DOT Division of Highways maintenance engineer for New Hanover County.

“Along River Road there is pavement settlement which is due to the water table and the shifting of coastal sands. At this time those areas do not warrant an overlay, due to the minimum asphalt depth in which the pavement may be applied,” Taylor said.

Taylor said the roadway will be monitored “with respect to ride quality and any necessary corrective action will be schedule as required.”

“Additionally, River Road is currently in the five-year resurfacing plan, which will improve the ride quality,” Taylor said.

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