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September 25, 2017

What is the status of the Caldwell Street road project in Brevard? There doesn’t appear to have been much work done on it recently.

Aaron Powell, a N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) resident engineer, said the “project is slightly behind schedule, but they have sufficient time to make that up and complete the project by the end of June 2018 (the scheduled finishing date).”

“The contractor, Watson Contracting, has dedicated their crews to finishing another project near Franklin, which is why they are not currently working on Caldwell Street,” Powell said.

When finished, the project will widen South Caldwell Street from two to three lanes between West Jordan Street and the Rosman Highway.

The project was initiated in the Brevard Thoroughfare Plan in the late 1990s, a traffic study conducted by the DOT that identified problems such as traffic congestion, narrow pavement widths and a high number of car accidents along both Broad and Caldwell streets.

The project is designed to minimize traffic and car accidents, and once completed, there will be two lanes going west like the two lanes on Broad Street going east.

The project’s estimated cost is $2 million for right-of-way acquisition and $3.9 million for construction.


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