CRESTON — Sections of N.C. 88 West will be closed from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday through late November while the North Carolina Department of Transportation repairs slope failures along the highway, according to department officials.
Through traffic can detour using Three Top Road to Peak Road to Muddy Branch Road, according to NCDOT Highway Maintenance Engineer Ethan Osborne.
“We will begin repairing the first of several slope failures between Three Top Road and Dr. Robinson Road on Monday, Nov. 5, and this repairs will take approximately two weeks,” Osborne said. “This section of road will only be closed during the day with a detour and will be open nightly.”
Osborne said NCDOT will be making another repair near the original slope failure on N.C. 88 West immediately after completing the first one, likely extending the daily road closure to several weeks.
“Several other repairs along N.C. 88 West will follow once these (first repairs) are completed, which will take several weeks to repair in all,” Osborne said. “Part of the remaining repairs will be done under a flagging operation with one lane closed and some will be done under a short detour.”
Osborne said two repairs have been completed so far between Lue Jones Road and West Mill Creek Road, and that NCDOT is repairing the slope failures along N.C. 88 West by constructing soil nail walls.
“The slope failures were due to the excessive rains from Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael,” Osborne said. “The soil nail walls are considered to be a permanent solution.”