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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  • by Oh Boy Location: Greenville on Mar 17, 2011 at 12:44 PM
    My 7 year old could have done a better job!!! LOL!! Good job Greenville!
  • by Roscoe P. Coltrane Location: Hazzard Blvd. on Mar 16, 2011 at 11:47 AM
    (gidget-goo) I love it, I love it!
  • by Ruby Location: Greenville on Mar 16, 2011 at 07:58 AM
    Hey, can they fix the south side of the new Grimesland Bridge, too?? Bad bump coming off and going on the south side of the bridge -- couldn't they lay down enough asphalt to meet the concrete at the end of the bridge?
  • by Endurance Swimmer Location: In Training on Mar 15, 2011 at 10:47 PM
    Roscoe P. Coltrane, dude, you're a total trip! I went over the tracks on March 11th, and they were bumpy as ever! DOT did a sloppy job, but at least they or some- one else will!!
  • by Ed Location: Choco on Mar 15, 2011 at 02:14 PM
    The asphalt company wii get paid back on some job down the road, and don't any of you people think otherwise.Take notice of other repair jobs as you ride around,this is typical,just happened to be on a high traffic street while it was raining.
  • by Roscoe P. Coltrane Location: Hazzard Blvd. on Mar 14, 2011 at 01:30 PM
    This is Sheriff Roscoe with breaking news. Greenville Paving apparently used some sort of asphalt called "General Lee 01" mix. (oooh-gidget) I knew those Duke boys were working there but didn't know why! Enos - be careful you don't scuff your vehicle while we chase those Dukes on Hazzard Blvd. (gidget-goo)
  • by Roscoe P. Coltrane Location: Hazzard Blvd. on Mar 12, 2011 at 07:00 PM
    Boss, I believe the DOT boys are in cahoots with those Duke boys! They paved that BUMP just right for the General Lee to jump! (gidget-goo) It scuffs the front of my vehicle too!
  • by wasteful spending on Mar 12, 2011 at 12:27 PM
    Like the sticker says: Feed a Terrorist, Keep Driving and Buying Gas. NCDOT seems to be doing poor jobs and only working on oil addiction transportation, when are they going to learn?
  • by SARS Location: Pitt Co. on Mar 12, 2011 at 07:27 AM
    OK folks. Let's get you up to date. Greenville Paving provided the asphalt. They mixed the asphalt wrong. Greenville Paving will be ripping up the road and replacing it at their expense - not the taxpayer's expense. DOT could not look at the mix & tell it was wrong. There were no illegal aliens on the job. There were just DOT workers who pay taxes just like the rest of us. DOT does not install the sidewalks. That is the City of Greenville. Red Banks road belongs to the City of Greenville so it is not DOT that works on it. Several posters need to get their facts straight before that post. Your ignorance is really showing!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 12, 2011 at 05:13 AM
    It is called job security, if you keep having things that need repairing you have a job. Is that not what the government is all about, breaking things so they spend more of YOUR money to fix things. I hope they get it right this time.

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