PILOT MOUNTAIN — The long awaited repairs to Depot Street are nearly complete. NC Department of Transportation officials say they expect the road to be open to traffic by New Year’s Day.
A sink hole in the road caused Depot Street to be closed two-and-a-half years ago. With a low fund balance, the town struggled to find money to make the repairs. Town officials applied for a grant and approached state representatives to help repair the road and fix any underlying water issues.
In November funding was secured from NC Board of Transportation with assistance from Sen. Shirley Randleman and Rep. Sarah Stevens. The Department of Transportation has already replaced the culvert and paved the roadway. “A contractor is scheduled to complete the concrete work the week after Christmas, weather permitting,” shared Steve Abbott, NCDOT communications manager, explaining that as a safety precaution road will remain closed until the curb, gutter, and sidewalk are complete.
Town officials have also received grant approval from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund. With road work being completed by NCDOT, the grant from CWMTF was restructured go fund only the stream restoration and greenway components. According to Mayor Dwight Atkins, a task force meeting will be held in early January to determine the next step. “Charles Anderson, of the Resource Institute, will help direct us,” said Atkins, noting that the partial funding of $400,000 may cause the project to be broken into phases.
Diane Blakemore may be reached at 336-368-2222 or on twitter @Pilot Reporter.