An agreement between the town of Mount Olive and the North Carolina Department of Transportation has resulted in a number of town streets getting a new surface with others scheduled for a makeover.
Already resurfaced are portions of James, Maple, Jurney and North Center streets, Breazeale Avenue, sections of N.C. Highway 55, and the road leading into the airport.
Contracts have also been approved by the state for improvements to 118 miles of roads in the county, including 117 in Mount Olive and Breazeale Avenue.
Those thoroughfares will get brighter, more visible highway and street markings.
Mount Olive Town Manager Charles Brown said issues with residents have been expressed about street markings, particularly along Breazeale Avenue at night.
Those issues expressed focused on no visible street markings at all along Breazeale Avenue.
The new road improvements will include restriped and more durable and visible road markings.
The state has contracted the work out, and the contractor is set to use thermoplastic pavement markings.
Officials say the markings are more durable than regular paint and also better reflect headlights.
Brown said it is expected to last three times longer than normal roadway markings.
The new state work will begin sometime in September, officials said.
The town and the state have been working together in implementing road and street improvements for the past two years, said Mayor Joe Scott.
Brown serves on the Eastern Carolina Rural Planning Organization and also on the Transportation Action Committee.
“These two work closely with four counties: Duplin, Greene, Lenoir and Wayne,” Scott said.
He noted that streets and roads in Mount Olive and the area have suffered tremendously from the last two hurricanes, but with the help of DOT many of the local area needs have been met.
“We are more than grateful,” he said.
Town-owned and -maintained streets are improved through federal Powell Aid funds. Mount Olive will receive another Powell Aid funding in October of about $60,000 for its next round of improvements.
The streets to be improved with those funds have not been decided at this time, according to Brown.
“We do plan to use some of those monies for sidewalk construction in the south end of town, and if streets are improved this time around it will be only three or four,” he said.