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Road rehab projects get green light.
By David Leone
WAKE FOREST — The last of the town’s unpaved roads is getting blacktopped. And some seriously cracked streets will see a new layer of asphalt as well.
Tuesday night, Wake Forest Engineering Director Eric Keravuori got town commissioners’ approval to take the remaining $750,000 left in a kitty for road rehab projects and apply it to paving the remaining dirt road segments in town — consisting of East Sycamore, Caddell, Rayburn and East Juniper streets.
The monies will also be used to rehab cracked, pitted and rutted pavement sections of Franklin Street, Glencoe Avenue and Heritage Club Avenue.
Glencoe, which runs the length of Staffordhsire was constructed 25 years ago and had a 15-year design life, Keravuori said. It has alligator cracking along its whole length.
Heritage Club was built much sooner, but is heavily cracked, in part due to the extra traffic from the Jones Dairy Road bridge closing, he said.
The section of Franklin that’s not holding up was originally built by a developer, not the town, he added.
As the total project cost is estimated at $850,000, commissioners initially debated which of the projects should get left off.
“I think Heritage Club looks better than my street,” said Commissioner Anne Hines, a Staffordshire resident.
“Heritage Club also has rutting, which is actually very dangerous,” Wake Forest Deputy Town Manager O’Donnell interjected.
“Drive down my street some day,” Hines countered.
But Keravuori said they may not have to pick and choose.
“I think we could do the whole thing for $750,000,” he said, adding he can get better estimates after doing some core sampling.
“I say rock on,” said Commissioner Frank Drake.
“I second the rock on,” added Commissioner Zachary Donahue.
The vote to rock on was unanimous.