Last updated: October 04. 2013 4:11PM - 2020 Views
Wil Petty Staff Writer jpetty@civitasmedia.com



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North Carolina state route 163 between Obids and Glendale Springs has reopened following construction.


The construction was done by the N.C. Department of Transportation and road was reopened Tuesday, Oct. 1, for all public traffic.


“(The road) had some damage after the flooding, so the D.O.T. have been doing a lot of work there,” Nicole Meister, spokeswoman for the N.C. Department of Transportation said.


A slide that was 125 feet long and 35 feet deep took out a major portion of the road. Half of the eastbound travel lane and the road shoulder were destroyed by the slide.


The construction shut down the road, requiring drivers to use N.C. Route 16 to get to Glendale Springs and Wilkes County.


Meister said the repairs totaled $600,000. No federal funding was issued because of a required $750,000 threshold.


“They had to stabilize the slope and that’s what has been taking place over the last two months,” she said. “The work involved cutting large rocks to build the roadway at the same elevation.”


In other work for the area, the construction on N.C. 88 from N.C. 194 for U.S. 221 business in Jefferson is 85 percent done. Another project is about to start from U.S. 221 south of N.C. 194 to N.C. 163.


“That project has not started construction yet, (the D.O.T.) is just doing right away right now,” Meister said.


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