View heading towards I26 by Food Lion

Two weeks ago, DOT let me know what was causing the issues that made our road seem like we were driving in a 3rd world country. And ironically, while I was away last week IN a 3rd world country for a mission trip, DOT called to let me know work would be done this week.

Many have already seen (driven) the work and – like most things in life – most are happy, others are still not.

What was done is only temporary until the permanent fix can be put on a state project list and take place.

What is that permanent fix? In layman’s terms “ripping up the entire road…10 inches deep!!….and laying new foundation, layers, etc”. The engineers at DOT say this stretch has an unusual amount of moisture that keeps finding it’s way through the layers and causing “pockets” in the road.

You’ll remember 2 years ago the road was smooth as a baby’s bottom….and then, after time, pockets started popping up.

Projects of this magnitude usually take 2 years to get approved. I’m hopefully I can work with DOT to get on the list sooner than that…but, things don’t happen as quickly as I’d like sometimes.

It’s not perfect, but it’s better than what we had. Let’s see how the current patch work holds up over the next year. As a tightwad, I’m always concerned about costs and that’s why as much as it pains me to hear, ripping the whole thing up to finally resolve the problem may be best for our cars/families…and tax payer dollars. But doing it once, compared to multiple patches year after year, would save money.