Paving of Neuse Boulevard presents concerns for residents

POSTED: 4:23 AM Dec 24 2013   UPDATED: 11:50 PM Aug 26 2013
NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY -

Controversy continues over the repaving of a main thoroughfare in New Bern. The North Carolina Department of Transportation said it's on schedule to finish the resurfacing Neuse Boulevard by Spring 2014.

An informational meeting was held Monday night to discuss future plans for the road. Many people voiced their concerns on when the paving process will take place. Department of Transportation District Engineer Reed Smith said the water and gas main part of the project is almost complete.

"March 15th is what I typically refer to as the beginning of paving season," Reed said.

He said they will hold off paving the road until Spring 2014 when weather conditions are more favorable.

“It's not going to be an easy one. We have plenty of challenges ahead, like maintaining traffic, access to businesses and residences. There will be lots of challenges along the way."

Smith said D.O.T is considering doing the work on Neuse Boulevard at night.

"With less traffic, we'll hopefully be able to do work a little faster," he said.

Smith said when the paving begins, it should take several weeks or months to finish the project.  He said there is a completion date of October 31st, 2014. The D.O.T said the project is estimated to cost $1.8 million.