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Chapel Hill resurfaces campus roads ahead of start of classes

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CHAPEL HILL -- The N.C. Department of Transportation is working hard to resurface roads through parts of UNC Chapel Hill's campus before school's back in session.

The DOT is resurfacing a section of Manning Drive from Ridge Road to West Drive. The project comes after years of heavy traffic caused lots of wear and tear on the roads. During the day, it is traffic as usual on these busy streets around UNC-Chapel Hill. However at night, construction workers are hard at work.

They are working to repave the roads before class is back in session in August.

"After high traffic volume on the road for several years, it's important to take care of it so it doesn't get into worse shape down the road," said NCDOT engineer Trevor Spencer.

Resurfacing will take place along Manning Drive from Ridge Road to West Drive in Chapel Hill. The DOT said it's a project that's long overdue.

"There was a lot of cracking on existing pavement, and this will help improve the pavement on manning drive for the future," said Spencer.

Since roadwork takes place overnight it hasn't caused too many traffic tie-ups. It is good news for frequent users of the road like the Chapel Hill Transit.

"It will provide a better service for us. Since the roadwork takes place at night, [the construction] has little impact on our customers and on our service," said Brian Litchfield of Chapel Hill Transit.

It is another way for Chapel Hill drivers to make their commute as smooth as possible. The roads will be closed every day from 8:30 p.m. until 6 a.m. The roadwork is expected to be complete by Aug. 14.

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