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.