Greenville Boulevard Closed Thursday Night

The second round of repairs to Greenville's busiest street is set for Thursday night.

Greenville Boulevard was shut down for three days last week as crews installed a new, more smooth railroad crossing. But those repairs didn't last as the Department of Transportation quickly found out faulty asphalt was used for the top coat.

The DOT says the thoroughfare will now be closed from 9:00 p.m. Thursday to 6:00 a.m. Friday morning so the asphalt can be replaced.

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Here we go again. Greenville Boulevard will be shut down once more as the D.O.T. works to fix asphalt at that new railroad crossing.

The highway was closed down for three days earlier this week so crews could replace the bumpy crossing. But within hours of the reopening, the asphalt approaches to the concrete crossing began to peel away and have ruts.

Dwayne Alligood, D.O.T. Division Operations Engineer, tells WITN News that they discovered the top layer of the asphalt didn't have enough binder material in it, causing it come apart. He says they believe only the top 2-inches of asphalt is bad, but will check overnight to see if the lower levels are okay.

Alligood says the plan is to replace that top layer in the next week or two, most likely during the night so that the road would be open again by rush hour. Alligood says they also plan to taper back the asphalt a little more to help eliminate some of the hump.

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The section of Greenville Boulevard closed for construction since Monday is already starting to show some wear.

Crews shutdown the heavily traveled road between Evans Street and Hooker Road Monday to repair railroad tracks. CSX put in a concrete crossing which is much smoother than the old asphalt & wooden crossing.

But some drivers say the asphalt approaches to the new crossing are already starting to develop ruts from traffic and that asphalt on the end of those approaches are giving way.

The DOT says there is 9 to 10 inches of asphalt laid on the approaches. They are confident the asphalt will remain in place, although they expected some loose asphalt to be kicked up by traffic. The rain is not helping the situation any, and the DOT says their main objective was to get the road open.

The DOT says once temperatures warm up they plan to put more smoother asphalt down to make the crossing even better.

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