Paving To Begin Later This Month On Several Roads In Carolina Beach

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By / Local News / Wednesday, 07 February 2018 00:07

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - The Town of Carolina Beach will begin a project the week of February 26th, to pave Bridge Barrier Road, Saint Joseph Street, Spencer Farlow Drive and Access Road near the Snow's Cut Bridge.

The project was supposed to begin in early February. Town Manager Michael Cramer explained, "Due to several factors we have postponed the start of the paving until the week of February 26th.  We expect the work to take about 60 days."

On Bridge Barrier Road, paving will take place from Dow Road to the end of Bridge Barrier where that road dead ends near the American Legion.

On Spencer Farlow Drive, paving will take place from the intersection of Bridge Barrier Road to the intersection of Access Road and Spencer Farlow Drive.

On Access Road, paving will occur from the intersection at Spencer Farlow Drive to the intersection with Lake Park Blvd.

On Lewis Drive, paving will take place along that road until it turns into Saint Joseph Street. Paving on Saint Joseph Street will continue to the intersection with Lake Park Blvd. A part of the Saint Joseph Street project maybe postponed.

According to Gil Dubois - Director of Operations - the delay is, "Due to some planned storm drain work where the street would be removed to install infrastructure. Paving would be completed soon thereafter."

Dubois said the paving schedule starts with Bridge Barrier Road the week of February 26th. The week of March 5th, crews will begin work on the portion of the project for Spencer Farlow Drive and Access Road. The week of March 12th, work is scheduled to begin on Saint Joseph Street.

All of the roads will be "milled" or ground down prior to repaving an overlay asphalt surface. Dubois said Town employees will post road construction notices and possible limited road closures.

The project is part of a $650,000 paving plan. In May of 2017 Cramer explained to the Town Council the funding will come from State Powell Bill Funds. Annually, State Street-Aid (Powell Bill) allocations are made to qualifying incorporated municipalities. The typical Powell Bill allocation from the State to the Town is $168,000 per year.
Cramer said, "We talked about Powell Bill back at our retreat and one of the things we mentioned is that we had a very robust fund balance for that activity." Fund balance is the amount of funds accumulated in a reserve account.

He explained, "In our current budget... we have projected $650,000 to pull out of that fund balance and utilize in this next budget year" for fiscal year 2017-2018.

Dubois said core samples were taken from Bridge Barrier Road and the last time the road was resurfaced, "They really didn't do any preparation so the surface on top just kind of slides around." He said, "This last inch and a half of asphalt did not adhere to the last one and it's cracked and broke up pretty bad."

He said the plan is to mill down the road and remove the top layer and part of the older asphalt layer, "So when we put the next layer of asphalt down it actually adheres to the existing foundation which gives us a road that lasts a longer duration of time."

Bridge Barrier Road is located behind the Food Lion Shopping Center near Snow's Cut Bridge on N. Lake Park Blvd.

Dubois said, "All the heavy traffic we get from the back of the Food Lion and a lot of the commercial traffic from two or three businesses in the area all use the Bridge Barrier component" and during an evaluation, "That was one of the highest ratings we had as far as damaged road surface."

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