Cameron Boulevard repaving to begin Monday [Update: Friday, 2/11/11]

February 11, 2011
Cameron Blvd

[Update as of Friday, Feb. 11, 2011: Crews are expected to begin paving N.C. 751 (Cameron Boulevard) on Monday, Feb. 14, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation. Cadmus Capehart, resident engineer for the transportation department, said Friday that weather-permitting, the contractor should be able to pave a majority of the road on Monday.]

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Resurfacing a bumpy stretch of N.C. 751 that borders Duke’s campus could begin as early as this weekend, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation. Also known as Cameron Boulevard, N.C. 751 will remain open during the repaving, but traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction.


Cadmus Capehart, resident engineer for the transportation department, said beginning the paving of the 1.4-mile segment from Duke University Road to Erwin Road will depend on weather. If it’s too cold, he said, applying the 1 ½ inch layer of asphalt could be pushed to the week of December 6.

“We’ve got to have 40 degree air temperature and 50 on the road,” Capehart said. “Asphalt doesn’t do well in cold weather. You’re putting it down at about 300 degrees. It cools off a lot quicker and doesn’t bond as well.”

The National Weather Service predicts a high near 46 degrees Saturday and 45 on Sunday, with 40 degrees predicted for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Work on the state highway began in October, and on Friday, Capehart said crews are wrapping up patching certain areas of the milled stretch. When crews begin spreading the asphalt overlay, traffic will be reduced from four lanes to one in each direction. Paving will likely occur during the day and continue for five days.

Motorists are asked to allow extra time for travel and to drive with caution in the work zone.