One of the busiest sections of highway in Columbus County is also the slowest right now.
Drew Cox of the Department of Transportation said resurfacing is continuing on N.C. 87 through Riegelwood. Paving contractors have worked their way down from Bladen County, through Sandyfield and the N.C. 11 intersection, and are now downtown in the mill village.
“The road will be smoother and stronger when the project is finished,” Cox said, “but right now, we’re asking folks to be patient.”
The work is expected to reach U.S. 74-76 at Acme by late September. The project includes shoulder improvements, new markings, resurfacing and grade repairs in some areas.
Reigelwood sees thousands of vehicles daily, especially during the peak of the tourist season—which often coincides with the busiest times at the International Paper mill.
The resurfacing is part of normal highway maintenance, Cox said, and not the early stages of an unpopular widening project residents and business owners have been fighting for years.
State officials wanted to widen the highway through the village, but that project has been put on hold.
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