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By David Leone
WAKE COUNTY — Sections of Rolesville Road and Durant Road will be repaved this year.
The work will add a layer of new asphalt along a 3.5-mile section of Rolesville Road/Young Street between U.S. 401 and Riley Hill Road and a 2.9-mile section of Durant between Six Forks and Falls of Neuse roads.
The project on Durant will likely occur sometime this summer, and the work on Rolesville may happen before fall as well, according to David Moore, resident engineer for the N.C. Department of Transportation.
Most of the paving will be done at night.
“They’ll have to do it in sections, but each section will open up the next day,” Moore said.
During paving, one lane will be done first, then the next, with DOT flagmen directing traffic. Each section will likely take a couple of weeks, weather dependent, Moore added.
Rolesville Road is a main artery to the new Rolesville High School, set to open Aug. 26.
A total of 28 roads, amounting to 47 miles in the county, are being repaved in two projects. Moore described the work as routine maintenance, conducted every 5-7 years after an annual evaluation by DOT staff of state roads.
Because asphalt doesn’t set properly when the temperature is below 50 degrees, in most cases paving shuts down in November and resumes the following spring.
Fred Smith Co. of Raleigh was awarded the contracts for $10.2 million. All the resurfacing will be completed by May 2014.