32 sections, 27.5 miles Of Secondary Road Improvements in Watauga For 2013

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A $2 million contract has been awarded to Maymead Inc., of Mountain City TN, by the N.C. Department of Transportation to apply asphalt surface treatments to 60.8 miles of secondary roads in Caldwell, Watauga and Avery counties. Work can begin as early as April 29 and be completed by Oct. 1.

Watauga County will see 32 sections of secondary roads totaling 27.5 miles improved (road improvements were also announced for Caldwell and Avery, see full story here).

Below is a list of the road numbers – names – and distance (miles/width in feet) for Watauga County road sections: *see the end of the article for PDF maps* **Information provided by NCDOT**

1570 – Elk Ln – 0.7/18
1576 Rhymer Branch – 0.91/16
1583 Wes Randall Rd – 0.46/16
1526 Sampson Rd – 0.46/20
1526 Sampson Rd – 0.86/18
1549 Sampson Rd – 1.46/20
1535 Wonderland Dr – 0.58/18
1535 Wonderland Dr – 0.33/18
1384 Proffitt Rd – 1.18/16
1325 Cobbs Creek Rd – 1.37/18
1371 Walls Rd – 0.29/18
1542 Old Blowing Rock Rd – 0.48/18
1543 Jordan V Cook – 0.76/20
1531 Middle Fork Rd – 1.01/16
1385 Lynn Hill Rd – 0.32/18
1385 Lynn Hill Rd – 0.23/16
1310 Willowdale Ch – 0.4/16
1149 Howard Edmisten – 1.41/16
1128 Andy Hicks Rd – 1.07/18
1416 Old US 421 – 1.97/22
1530 Aho Rd – 1.94/18
1533 Thunder Mnt Rd – 0.44/18
1614 Brookhollow Rd – 0.22/20
1331 Roby Greene Rd – 0.78/20
1512 Archie Carroll – 0.89/18
1353 Hardin Rd – 0.64/18
1512 Archie Carroll – 0.21/20
1328 Brookshire Rd – 0.27/20
1367 Wade Moretz Rd – 2.4/21

Asphalt surface treatments (AST) are a cost-effective pavement preservation technique on low-volume roads. The AST is constructed by spraying an asphalt mixture onto the pavement surface, then spreading chips of fine rock into the mixture. The chips are embedded into the surface by rubber-tired rollers, and the surface is then swept to remove excess chips.

This treatment seals fine cracks in the underlying pavement surface, which reduces pavement deterioration by preventing water from intruding into the base and subgrade of the road. This improves wet weather traction, as well as safety.

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