Prep work to start for resurfacing U.S. 15-501 in Pittsboro

Aug. 25, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Preliminary work begins Monday evening on an N.C. Department of Transportation project to resurface 3.4 miles of U.S. 15-501 in Pittsboro. Working from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m., crews will initially be adjusting manholes and water valves, cutting pavement joints and milling asphalt around the downtown traffic circle. The work will require the narrowing of lanes and/or the closing of one lane around the circle, and is expected to take two or three nights, dependent on the weather.   

The work on U.S. 15-501 is part of a $3 million contract awarded S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson that also includes resurfacing an 11.7-mile section of N.C. 902 and 10 miles over seven secondary roads in Chatham County.

The U.S. 15-501 portion of the project calls for resurfacing between near Powell Place Lane/Lowes Drive north of the circle and N.C. 87 south of the circle. The resurfacing work is expected to start Tuesday night, Sept. 3, with the milling of the road surface to prepare it for the paving, which should start that same week. The project is scheduled to wrap up by Nov. 15.   

Because this is a busy commuter and commercial route, the work on U.S. 15-501 will be done at night, with the contractor not allowed to close or narrow a lane of traffic between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., seven days a week.

Drivers traveling through Pittsboro between Sanford and Chapel Hill can avoid the construction area by using the U.S. 64 Bypass. Northbound drivers should remain on N.C. 87 until getting to the bypass, then go east to get to U.S. 15-501 North. Southbound motorists should head west on the bypass, and then follow N.C. 87 south to U.S. 15-501.   

NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. Updated travel information is also available by calling 511 or online at www.ncdot.gov/travel. In addition, NCDOT now offers travel information on Twitter.