Fire Tower Road Slated To Be Finished Early

The nearly two-and-a-half years of work on Fire Tower Rd. in Greenville could finish ahead of schedule.

The work is scheduled to be complete by October 1. However, Resident Engineer William Kincannon with the North Carolina Department of Transportation says the road project may be delivered to the public before public schools start classes in August.

The first day of school for Pitt County Schools is Tuesday, August 25. Finishing by the date would mean crews completed the project more than a month ahead of schedule.

"Weather permitting, let me emphasize that," Kincannon said in an interview with WITN. "It's very difficult to pave in the rain."

Paving is one of the final tasks left for the crew that's been on the job since February 2007. As the crews make their final preparations for the final paving, Kincannon says crew are working on a few minor drainage issues, along with finishing utility and signal work.

Paving on Memorial Dr. could begin late Tuesday night. Paving on Fire Tower Rd. will take place during the days. Kincannon says one lane of Fire Tower Rd. is open in each direction, and that will remain the case during the paving process. However, the crews may need to shift the lanes at times.

"Everybody in Greenville has been waiting a long time for this," Kincannon said.

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  • by Larry Location: Washington on Jul 27, 2009 at 01:17 PM
    The contract with Barnhill by NCDOT probably had no money incentive to get finished early. With the business slow down, Barnhill was able to keep its people employed in these Obamanomic times. If Barnhill had been paid X amount of dollars per day to get finished early, that 6-12 early would have happend. No money incentive, because the NCDOT has no money, they say. That is the real joke. Wasted taxpayer money. That is the real truth.
  • by Cletus Location: New Bern on Jul 24, 2009 at 06:53 AM
    This is a joke. Every time I go across the intersection of Evans and Firetower in the North Bound land of Evans, I become airborne over the high rise in the middle of the intersection. Have to put on my parachute for the landing. Is this going to stay this way? If the light is green and one is running 45MPH then it is airborne time. It is just a matter of time before someone gets rear ended in heavy traffic because their tires aren't in contact with the road.
  • by TIM Location: Vanceboro on Jul 22, 2009 at 04:33 AM
    Hey Well Ray, that would be Ray that is the DOTr huh? Anyone would have to be totally outside their mind to defend anything to do with that project. If you'd like Ray, give me your phone number and I will let you talk to my friend who had to close his family business because the DOT had the road fouled up in front of his place for so long. And no Einstein it was for doing "BAD" business. He actually did very well there before the debacle, so much so that he had put back enough to hang on for 8 or 9 months in hopes that the morons in charge would get the piece in front of his place done and business would get back to normal. Again, anyone associated with this project, AND anyone ridiculous enough to defend it, should be ashamed! I wonder how many kickbacks an audit would find???
  • by Ray Location: Greenville on Jul 21, 2009 at 07:50 PM
    well if you all are so unhappy maybe the state should put it back to 3 lanes like it was... But you would not be happy then either!
  • by Kit on Jul 21, 2009 at 01:29 PM
    They should have been finished with that project more than a year ago. Sounds like a lot of wasted taxpayers dollars to me either way anyways. It might have helped but it's not going to since they added at the very least 4 more lights within a mile if not more for Gville to screw up. I mean the light system on Greenville blvd could be fixed just by closing off some of the blvd entrances and making them use the side roads around them for entrances. Of course that's only if they learn how to run a light system as well.
  • by Daron Location: Pitt Community College on Jul 21, 2009 at 01:16 PM
    I also think that an independent audit should be done.
  • by What a joke on Jul 21, 2009 at 10:34 AM
    This thing has been a nightmare. If the Privte sector operated and did business like the NCDOT and its contractors they would be bankrupt in a week. Finishing up early??? What a joke - set a realistic goal (6 months for a privately managed project) and they would be 2 years past due. Tax dollars at work. Someone please call for an independant audit of this project.
  • by steve on Jul 21, 2009 at 09:08 AM
    It will be nice to see it all done, but it will take just as long to drive down it as it did 3 years ago. They added what 4 new stop lights. Can see now the long lines backed up when school starts again.
  • by chris Location: fire tower road on Jul 21, 2009 at 08:37 AM
    the manhole cover issue will be resolved once they lay the last layer(s) of pavement...otherwise, they'd have potholes instead of manholes...pretty sure that'll fix the RR crossing too...
  • by Hobie Cat on Jul 21, 2009 at 08:31 AM
    I believe it when I see it!
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