Sunday, March 3, 2024

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DOT roadwork on Mebane Oaks Road will be finished. . .

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Mebane’s city council got some surprisingly good news Monday night, although some members of the council, and of the public, were a bit skeptical whether it will really come to pass – or at least as soon as reported.

Mebane city manager Chris Rollins mentioned in the course of discussion about a proposed infill project along Mebane Oaks Road that the DOT construction along that busy thoroughfare is almost finished.

In fact, Rollins reported that DOT officials have told the city that the roadway, including the widened overpass over I-85/40, should be “substantially complete” by the end of September. The project has been ongoing for about two years, Rollins recalled. And to some skepticism among those on the dais and in the audience, Rollins conceded that even if there are setbacks in the schedule, the project should be finished by October or surely November.

[Story continues below photos of Mebane Oaks Road construction.]

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A crane lifts a steel girder into place as part of the bridge/overpass widening.
A view of the current overpass from the southwest approach at the Mebane Oaks Road exit.

The bridge will have eight lanes, Rollins noted.

Much public comment on Monday night and at many previous city council meetings has focused on the heavy, often snarled, traffic along the popular roadway which passes many retail landmarks, including Starbucks, Sheetz, Chick-fil-A, and the Walmart shopping center.

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