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When will King Street repaving start? (2)

The rough ride on King Street and North Main Street will get smoother by this fall.

A contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation has begun work on a project to repave King Street from South Main Street to Five Points. Lane closures have been taking place while the contractor upgrades handicapped curb ramps in compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act.

Nightly lane closures during the week will allow crews to safely upgrade the roadway. The contract calls for closures Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. for curb work, and lane closures from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. for resurfacing — with no closures on weekends or holidays — through Oct. 15. The repaving work is part of a $2.5 million contract awarded to APAC/Harrison as the lowest qualified bidder. The next part of the work, repaving North Main Street from Five Points to the I-26 overpass, is scheduled to start after Labor Day.

Two other NCDOT repaving jobs, Crab Creek Road and Rutledge Road, are scheduled to start in late September. Motorists will have to suffer the washerboard ride on Church Street for another year. That repaving work is not scheduled until 2024.