Breazeale Avenue paving underway

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Breazeale Avenue is getting a facelift.

North Carolina Department of Transportation crews began resurfacing the major north-south thoroughfare through town two weeks ago.

The roadway was riddled with potholes and cracked surfaces, and white lines separating traffic lanes were badly faded.

The resurfacing is being done from the Wayne/Duplin County line south of town, north to an area just past the N.C. 55 intersection.

“It was really in bad shape and we are appreciative of the DOT efforts,” said Mount Olive Town Manager Charles Brown.

He said he had hoped the project would have included markings for pedestrian crossovers and a pedestrian-controlled traffic light at Henderson Street and Breazeale Avenue.

“It is something in the works, but state officials say the funding for that particular work is not budgeted,” Brown added.

The pedestrian crossing markings are badly needed at that intersection because of a lot of walking traffic to the nearby campus of the University of Mount Olive, he said. “We understand that DOT is strapped for funds just like everyone else, and we hope that safety work can be done the next time around.”

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