$1.3M in road improvements coming to Bladen County


RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation will detour traffic along N.C. 131/242/410 near Bladenboro for a resurfacing project beginning Monday, July 13. During the month of July, crews will remove the asphalt and some of the dirt subgrade to make room for new, thick pavement as part of the resurfacing.

There will be a detour associated with the work starting that morning around 8 a.m. The detour will use Old Abbottsburg Road, Grimsley Farm Road, N.C. 211 and the N.C. 211 Bypass in Bladenboro for all traffic flowing through Bladenboro on N.C. 410, N.C. 242 and N.C. 131 (North and South Main Street). Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

The project is scheduled to wrap up by August, weather permitting.

The project was scheduled with the hope of having the least effect on Bladenboro Primary School and Bladenboro Middle School activities.

The project will involve asphalt surface treatment and is part of NCDOT’s yearly resurfacing for roadway preservation. Pavement preservation is like changing the oil in your car, as basic maintenance can help avoid more expensive repairs later. It’s important to make minor improvements to good roads regularly because it delays major road repairs that are much more costly, time-consuming and disruptive to motorists. The contractor crews will repair cracked or weathered pavement, which will extend the life of the roads, reduce further maintenance needs and increase motorist comfort and mobility.

Highland Paving Company of Fayetteville is the contractor for project. The contract was awarded to the lowest bidder as required by state law.

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