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Repairs to Main Street in Lexington Completed Well in Advance of Annual Barbecue Festival (Permanent Roadway Markings to Be Installed at Later Date)

Winston-Salem - Contractors with the N.C. Department of Transportation have completed work on a project to repair the deteriorating asphalt pavement on Main Street in Lexington between West 10th Avenue and Grimes Boulevard.

Originally scheduled to take place in mid-September, work was completed on Wednesday, Aug. 31, and traffic is now flowing along arguably the most important stretch of State-maintained roadway in the city. The contractor completely restored the failing section of roadway by milling off the top layers of asphalt and resurfacing it with 1 1/2 inches of new asphalt.

An investigation into what was causing the asphalt problem determined that when paving was done in 2015, there was an insufficient quantity of bonding material used, and because of the amount of truck traffic on the south end of Main Street.

"As mayor of the city of Lexington, I recognize the importance of our first impression on visitors and the commitment for excellence from our citizens," said Newell Clark. "NCDOT has been a wonderful working partner in improving our entry points and now addressing the need to improve our Main Street. I would like to thank Pat Ivey and his NCDOT team for addressing this matter quickly, professionally and with a wonderful end result."

"The biggest relief is that this work is complete a full 46-days ahead of the nationally recognized barbeque festival which will draw thousands of travelers to this area," said Division Nine Engineer Pat Ivey. "And when those folks arrive we want them to have a smooth ride into the city and out." If you have a problem or issue you'd like to report to the DOT, you can send an email message using the department's Contact Us system at www.ncdot.gov/contact.

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4/16/2018 4:30 PM

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