Traffic alert: Towerview paving work begins Monday, July 26

July 21, 2010 By Leanora MinaitowerviewpaveRelief is on the way for motorists who’ve rumbled and bumped along Towerview Drive.

Starting Monday, July 26, road crews will begin paving Towerview Drive from Union Drive to Erwin Road to repair potholes largely created by heavy construction trucks and icy winters.

Duke community members are urged to allow extra travel time and to drive with caution while the two-lane road is reduced to one lane during the maintenance project, which is scheduled to be completed in mid-August. On-street parking will not be available on Towerview from Union Drive to Erwin Road during the course of the project.

The Towerview paving project will begin with patching pothole trouble spots such as those in front of the Law School. It will then move to overlaying the road with asphalt and then conclude with restriping.

“First, we’ll first dig out the worst potholes and fill them with four inches of asphalt patch. After that, the road will get a fresh overlay of asphalt,” said Stephen Carrow, a project manager for Duke Facilities Management, which is overseeing the paving project. “Just bear with us for a couple of weeks. When it’s done, it’ll be worth it. The road will be smooth and look brand new.”

Community members who park on Towerview Road between Union Drive and Erwin Road must remove their vehicles from on-street spaces in that section of roadway by Sunday, July 25. Parking & Transportation Services crews will block off on-street spaces that day to get ready for trucks and road crews. If cars are not removed by Monday, they could be towed.

Permit holders who park on Towerview can find alternate parking in other Green Zone and Chemistry lot parking areas.

At the conclusion of the paving project, some on-street parking spaces will permanently be removed from Towerview Drive to improve sight lines at pedestrian crosswalks near the Law School and Rubenstein Hall in Terry Sanford School of Public Policy.

“We’re going to open up those areas to make it safer,” Carrow said.