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Road work: Greenville S.W. Bypass moves along

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The N.C. Department of Transportation has been busy working on the 12.6-mile Greenville Southwest Bypass in Pitt County.

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The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The N.C. Department of Transportation is working on several projects that will affect drivers in Greenville and eastern North Carolina.

NCDOT has been busy working on the 12.6-mile Greenville Southwest Bypass in Pitt County since August 2016. Once completed in summer 2020, the bypass will be a four-lane, median-divided highway that can only be accessed through interchanges.

The new freeway that will begin approximately two miles south of Ayden on N.C. 11, wrap around the west side of Ayden and Winterville and end at the U.S. 264 Bypass west of Greenville.

DOT crews are currently working on eight bridges, at different stages of construction. The next step will be to widen N.C. 11 at the bypass tie-in, south of Ayden.

The Greenville Southwest Bypass is expected to relieve congestion and improve safety in Greenville — particularly on Memorial Drive/N.C. 11 and Stantonsburg Road/U.S. 264 Business. The new roadway also will help improve travel time along the U.S. 264/N.C. 11 corridor

10th Street Connector

NCDOT work continues on converting 10th Street in Greenville into a four-lane divided road with a landscaped median that directly links Memorial Drive to 10th Street at Evans Street.

Recent activity on the 10th Street Connector includes the grading and paving of Ninth Street, utility and drainage work on Evans Street and new lanes on Farmville Boulevard to tie into Memorial Street.

DOT soon will shift traffic to new lanes on Farmville Boulevard, so work on existing lanes can take place.

When completed by summer 2019, the 10th Street Connector will provide a link between Vidant Medical Center and East Carolina University and downtown Greenville.

The 1.4 mile long connector is expected to reduce traffic congestion and create greater connectivity with the construction of a bridge over the CSX Railroad.

Roads restriped

About 350 miles of roadway in Edgecombe, Halifax, Johnston, Nash, Wayne and Wilson counties will be restriped this year with a longer-lasting, reflective paint that will be easier to see at night or in the rain, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.

“These contracts are part of our continuing efforts to enhance the safety of our roads, and we are targeting the more heavily traveled routes first,” said Corey McLamb, construction engineer for Division 4.

About 350 miles of roadway in the division will be re-striped this year as a result of a total of $3.4 million in contracts awarded to Butner-based Roadmark Corp. The three contracts were approved last month, state transportation spokesman Andrew Barksdale announced Monday.

The contractor will use what is commonly referred to as thermoplastic pavement marking. Thermoplastic is a material that is a 100 percent solid, environmentally and user safe compound. A mixture of glass beads, pigments, binder and filler materials, thermoplastic becomes liquid when heat is applied, according to information provided by a leading thermoplastics manufacturer.

The material is more durable than paint and reflects headlights. The markings will be used to replace fading lines or to strip recently resurfaced pavement on U.S. and state highways as well as heavily traveled secondary routes throughout the division, Barksdale said.

The following is a list of estimated road miles to be re-striped by county:

■ Nash: 109

■ Edgecombe: 43

■ Wilson: 45

■ Halifax: 49

■ Johnston: 47

■ Wayne: 57

The work is expected to take place between now and the fall.

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