Motorists might be advised to avoid Rockford Street in Mount Airy for the next few days while a resurfacing project is under way there.
The work got under way during the weekend on the portion of that route from U.S. 52 to Graves Street, one of the heaviest-traveled sections in town. It involves milling and replacing the existing asphalt.
As of Monday, old asphalt on the southern side of Rockford Street had been removed, resulting in a rough surface, uneven pavement and bumps along the way.
But once completed, a smooth result will greet travelers who for years have endured conditions along Rockford Street which one critic has described as a “washboard.”
The project is expected to take about a week to complete, according to Ken Ulmer of the N.C. Department of Transportation. That’s “if all goes as planned and weather permitting,” Ulmer added Monday, relaying the outlook from local DOT District Engineer Brandon Whitaker.
A one-mile stretch of Rockford Street is involved, where orange road work signs have been in place for months in anticipation of the work.
Adams Construction Co. of Roanoke, Virginia, is the contractor for the project.
To minimize delays or other problems for motorists, the company 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 awarded to Adams Construction 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.
City officials greeted the project with enthusiasm when it was announced earlier this year.
“As Rockford Street is a primary route into the city of Mount Airy, we look forward to NCDOT completing this work,” Public Works Director Jeff Boyles has commented.
Before beginning the project on Rockford Street, Adams Construction was engaged in the resurfacing of U.S. 52 from the area of the Lowe’s hardware shopping center to Carter Street. That job took much of July.
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