US 117 to undergo facelift

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A heavily-traveled section of U.S. Highway 117 will undergo a facelift in late September.

The NC Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a $6 million contract to S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson to resurface the four-lane highway between the U.S. Highway 70 interchange, including its ramps, and the Wayne-Duplin County line.

The well-known contractor will mill away the top layer of asphalt and resurface a 16-mile swath with new asphalt, high-visibility pavement markings and snow-plowable raised reflectors.

“Resurfacing is something we do routinely, especially on busier, heavier-traveled routes,” said Andrew Barksdale, public relations officer for DOT’s fourth and sixth districts. “Once we build a road or highway, we need to maintain it. Resurfacing is part of that. We typically resurface a highway such as this every eight to 10 years.

“We need to maintain our highways.”

Paved shoulders will be widened along US 117 between Country Club Road and O’Berry Road interchanges, which were constructed within the last few years.

Drivers can expect periodic delays during daytime lane closures. One lane in each direction will be closed in small sections at a time. DOT indicated one mile of the entire 16-mile route could be closed for a few days.

The contractor, according to DOT, will not reduce or close lanes for the 2021 Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair between 12 hours before the start and 12 hours after the end of the fair. The fair runs Sept. 30-Oct. 9.

No night-time work is scheduled.

S.T. Wooten Corp. plans to begin work after Sept. 27 and will have until the fall of 2022 to complete the improvements. Drivers are reminded to drive slow and remain alert while traveling through the work zone.

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