By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice on November 15, 2022
Travel on road significantly affected by traffic stops
Improvements to busy, flood-prone Colington Road are now 48 percent complete, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). The Raleigh-based Fred Smith Company was awarded the $20 million contract for the work that began in February 2022, which allows it, if necessary, to take until the spring of 2024 to complete.
Plans for the work on the winding 4.3-mile road were first unveiled to the public in 2015, but the project, which ran into some community opposition, had been plagued by a number of delays. In the fall of 2019, NCDOT said construction would begin in September 2020. But budgetary constraints, mostly due to the COVID pandemic, pushed the start of work back till this year.
Since the digging and construction began, travel has been significantly affected, with motorists frequently facing traffic delays at multiple spots along the roadway as vehicles are restricted to one lane at a time.
The scope of the project includes pavement resurfacing for the entire length of roadway, grading and drainage improvements as well as widening in some areas and changing the elevation and realignment in some dangerous curves to make it safer for motorists to travel the curving roadway. A seven-foot-wide paved shoulder for bicyclists and pedestrians between Colington Drive (at the entrance of Colington Harbour) and Bermuda Bay Drive is also being installed.
According to NCDOT Assistant Director of Communications Jamie Kitzer, the contractor has completed almost all of the widening and wedging of asphalt in preparation for the new bike path from the entrance of Colington Harbour to the bridge east of Schoolhouse Road.
NCDOT Assistant Division One Construction Engineer David Otts explained that the work currently underway consists of moving roadside ditches and pipes back to facilitate the widening of pavement to 36 feet in most places, which will accommodate the new bike path.
Kitzer told the Voice that the contractor plans to begin putting in the first two layers of asphalt through the same area beginning next week. “Once the contractor puts the first layer of asphalt in, [it] will begin grading the shoulders and ditches and replacing the driveways — essentially completing all work except for placing the final layer of asphalt,” Kitzer noted.
The widening and wedging will then continue heading east along Colington Road to Bermuda Bay.
Kitzer said a subcontractor will continue to place a new 12-inch water main throughout the project. “The first phase was tested and placed into service from the water tower to Colington Harbour and we expect to have the second phase [at Schoolhouse Road] in service by Thanksgiving.”
Last month, Kitzer said, the installation of a new 48-inch aluminum culvert east of TJ’s market has been completed. The replacement of a 60-inch culvert is expected to be installed along the roadway in early December once the new waterline goes into service.
Otts noted that minor realignment is taking place around most of the curves throughout the project. “The most notable changes are near Colingwood Lane and Marshy Ridge Road,” Otts explained. “Similarly, new grades are being established throughout, with the road gaining the most elevation near Ocean Island Self Storage where wind-driven tides commonly overtop the pavement.”
Otts said that section of the road will be raised as much as 18 inches. He added that the riprap currently being placed near Ocean Island Self Storage will be used as shoreline stabilization, much like a bulkhead to absorb wave energy and prevent erosion of the shoulders or undermining of the roadway.
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