Major paving projects getting under way

Summer repaving projects on two of the most-travelled roadways in Mount Airy are getting under way, according to the N.C. Board of Transportation.

The combined work that will last this month and into July affects U.S. 52 from the Lowe’s hardware shopping center area to Carter Street, and Rockford Street from U.S. 52 to Graves Street.

Orange road work signs have been in place for months along those routes, heralding the upcoming resurfacing projects. Adams Construction Co. of Roanoke, Virginia, the contractor for the effort, has moved in trucks and heavy equipment in recent days and begun the U.S. 52 portion.

“The contractor is expected to be working on U.S. 52 much of the rest of July,” Ken Ulmer, a Department of Transportation spokesman, reported Tuesday, based on his contacts with DOT District Engineer Brandon Whitaker.

Adams Construction is restricted to working outside the morning drive hours of 7 to 8:30 a.m., according to earlier information from the DOT.

The improvements along U.S. 52 are part of a $1.4 million contract to resurface about 10 miles of primary roads. The portion covered by the nearly one-mile section of U.S. 52 involved totals $500,000.

Rockford Street Project

The Rockford Street work is expected to begin on Aug. 1 and will take six nights to finish, according to Ulmer.

This represents a long-awaited improvement on a street that has not been resurfaced for years and been described as a “washboard” because of its rough pavement.

The work will involve milling and replacing the existing asphalt along the affected one-mile section.

To minimize delays or other problems for motorists, the contractor is restricted from working during peak traffic times, 7 to 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m.

The Rockford Street resurfacing project is part of a larger contract to resurface slightly more than five miles of secondary roads, which has a total price tag of nearly $1.4 million. The Rockford portion amounts to $325,000 of that.

Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.

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