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Why was a lane of new pavement on Shipyard Boulevard laid, then taken up again?

Julian March

Q. Why was one lane of pavement on Shipyard Boulevard removed from Carolina Beach Road to almost Holly Tree Road, eastbound lane, only days after it was installed the first time? Who paid for this?

A. Earlier this year, a contractor working for the N.C. Department of Transportation resurfaced Shipyard Boulevard in Wilmington.

The final layer of pavement on a stretch of Shipyard from the Carolina Beach Road area to Holly Tree Road was “not up to standard,” said Wanda James, an assistant resident engineer with the DOT’s Division 3.

The DOT had the contractor remove the layer and replace it, James said. The contractor paid for the cost of the extra effort, not taxpayers, James said.

While the life of pavement depends on traffic volumes, James said the new pavement on Shipyard could last eight to 10 years.


What’s that black shiny stuff on the U.S. 17-74-76 causeway pavement?

Why haven’t workers returned to the Gordon Road re-pavement project to finish their work?

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Don Crouchley

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