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Several Pitt County roads closing for resurfacing project

A contractor has recently finished grading out wider shoulders, which will then be paved, such as on Bell Arthur Road (shown) in Pitt County.

Several Pitt County roads will temporarily close this summer for a project that involves recycling the old pavement into a material used to reconstruct the road. The top layer of existing pavement will be ground up and reformed into a base that is placed back down over the roadway. The process, known as full-depth reclamation, is a more cost-effective and environmentally friendly method of repairing a road. According to a news release, a contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation has recently completed widening the six roads by grading out 1 to 2 feet of shoulder on either side to improve safety. The reclamation project will start on Roundtree Road on July 11. The resurfacing work will continue through August on Speight Seed Farm Road, Bell Authur Road, and Kinsaul-Willoughby Road as well as portions of Abbott Farm Road and Frog Level Road. The project should be completed by September.