DOT moves up Harvey Point Road work


By Peter Williams
The Perquimans Weekly

Thursday, January 17, 2019

HERTFORD — The time frame for improving Harvey Point Road has been moved up, but it’ll still be years before Perquimans County motorists see the work.

The N.C. Department of Transportation originally planned to complete the road improvement work in 2023. That timeline has now been moved up to 2020.

Brooks Braswell, a DOT engineer, said that means the contract may be awarded in the state’s 2020 fiscal year, but it could be two years before construction actually starts.

The work will take place on Harvey Point Road between U.S. Highway 17 and Churches Lane. Braswell said the work will include full reclamation of the old asphalt and resurfacing. It will be done in stages, so the road will never be completely closed to traffic.

He said the actual construction should take between five and six months, but depending on the contractor, the start date is uncertain. DOT is expecting to spend about $6.2 million on improving the road.

Braswell said the repaving was probably moved up because it’s a pretty straightforward road project.

“It could be produced relatively quickly,” he said. “When you look at Perquimans projects, a lot of them are smaller.”

A similar project was the work on New Hope Road.

A more complicated project is upgrading U.S. 17 into an interstate-quality highway. DOT is studying turning U.S. 17’s intersections at New Hope Road, Harvey Point Road and Wynne Fork Road into interchanges for what will be I-87.

The start of construction on I-87 in Perquimans was adjusted to 2028 in DOT’s latest plan to allow additional time for planning and design.

Braswell said one reason for the delay is DOT’s desire to make sure the current U.S. 17 is still the best route for the project.