LUMBERTON — Chicken Road near Pembroke should be open to traffic Friday evening, but two road repair projects out in the county are on hold because of a lack of workers and material, according to the state Department of Transportation’s county maintenance engineer.
Work to repair a pothole in one lane approaching a bridge on Chicken Road near Secondary Road 1003 began on Monday and is scheduled for 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, Brice Bell said. The work required closing both lanes because the entire width of the road needed to be dug up.
“It’s a pothole that’s the problem,” Bell said. “There’s nothing wrong with the bridge.”
Repair work has yet to begin on Oakgrove Church Road near Pembroke and Shaw Mill Road near St. Pauls.
“We’re waiting,” Bell said. “We’re still under a material shortage.”
Both jobs have been contracted to private companies, he said.
Repairs to a washed-out section of Oakgrove Church Road near N.C. 72 originally were scheduled to begin Oct. 10, two days after Hurricane Matthew hit The work was scheduled to be finished April 1.
The work on Shaw Mill Road near Secondary Road 1922 is to repair a culvert.
“There’s no supporting foundation under the structure,” Bell said.
It originally was scheduled to start Dec. 6 and be completed by April 28.
A crew had gone out to fix the road and saw there was a void under the culvert, Bell said. That discovery changed the job’s scope.
The job is on hold until needed material is available.
“There’s only two pipe manufacturers in the state,” Bell said. “As you can imagine, they are wide open.”
Reach T.C. Hunter at 910-816-1974.