NC DOT’s project to pave the business district in Highlands began on March 15 with crews milling a small portion of Main Street at 1st Street until rain closed them down.
Pictured below is the progress made paving Main Street in Highlands as of March 24.
The following day was rained out, but the weather cleared up temporarily early Wednesday morning, so crews returned to that area to finish the milling.
The plan was to mill at night and return the next day to pave, but reoccurring rainstorms have altered that strategy.
NC DoT crews mill Main Street between 1st and 2nd streets last week.
After the 1st to 2nd block is completed, crews will move down block by block, weather permitting, with milling at night and paving during the day.
Read more details about NC DoT’s plan for paving the business district in Highlands HERE.
Electrical crews work throughout the night to maximize dry weather.
Electrical crews make cuts in the road at Main and 4th streets last week to replace the traffic light sensors that were possibly damaged during milling.
Initial plans were to mill at during the day and pave at night, but it was more efficient to mill at night so DoT crews adjusted accordingly. Pictured above crews mill Main Street in front of the Park on Main.
Main Street in front of Park on Main on March 24 after being paved.
Main Street in front of Wright Square after being milled.
Main Street at Wright Square on March 24 after being paved.
Aerial view of Main Street at Wright Square looking towards 2nd Street on March 24 after being paved.
Aerial view of Main Street at Wright Square looking towards 1st Street on March 24 after being paved.
Half of Main Street is milled and the other half is paved along Main Street between 3rd and 4th streets as of March 24.
Aerial view of Main and 4th streets looking towards 3rd Street.
Aerial view looking down Main Street towards 4th Street.
NC DoT crews get as much done as they can after facing multiple rain delays in the first week of the Main Street paving project. Pictured above crews are milling Main Street at 2nd Street.
Dump trucks lined Main Street last week to remove material from milling the road.
Photos by Brian O’Shea, Plateau Daily News