Officials say highway construction spending for six eastern North Carolina counties will be cut by $12 million to pay for an 18-mile paving mistake on Interstate 795.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Saturday that work started this month to replace more than an inch of crumbling asphalt on I-795's outer lanes. Workers are also topping all four lanes with three inches of new pavement.
The tab will be repaid from future federal and state highway allocations for Edgecombe, Halifax, Johnston, Nash, Wilson and Wayne counties.
Department of Transportation chief operating officer Jim Trogdon used to oversee that area. The paper reports that DOT officials six years ago ignored warnings from Trogdon's staff that I-795 needed more asphalt.