State crews to resurface Breazeale Avenue

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Breazeale Avenue through Mount Olive will get a new look in the weeks ahead.

The major north-south route through town is scheduled for a North Carolina Department of Transportation road resurfacing project.

Town Manager Charles Brown said resurfacing the highway all the way to the Duplin County line could begin sometime in May.

Mayor Joe Scott made the announcement at last week’s monthly town board meeting and received a round of applause from the audience.

NCDOT contract crews just finished resurfacing U.S. 117 Alternate South — which is signed as Breazeale Avenue in Mount Olive — from the Duplin County line south to Calypso.

There are numerous pavement breaks and potholes along Breazeale Avenue area north of town stretching south to the Duplin County line.

White lines along Breazeale Avenue have become so faded in some areas it’s difficult to determine where the travel lanes are.

Brown said the work will begin at the Wayne-Duplin county line and continue through Mount Olive to a point north of town.

“It is something that is needed badly,” Brown said.

He said the road work may mean minor traffic issues, but the NCDOT and its contractors “have it down to a science,” adding that the resurfaced road will be worth a temporary inconvenience.

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