What was supposed to be a two-week closure of Main Street near Unilever has stretched to nearly a month, and will continue at least into next week. City Manager Dennis Baxley told Raeford City Council at a meeting this morning that crews were making good progress on installing a large culvert under the road until Hurricane Isaias came along. Though the storm didn’t cause any damage in Hoke County, it is responsible for a delay in repaving the road. “So next week?” asked Councilman John Jordan, who said he’d had lots of questions about the reopening. “I hope—I’ve been ‘next-weeked’ to death,” Baxley said. “Sometime,” he said. “Sometime before the project is over they’ll have it paved.”
Caption: Work began on South Main Street nearly a month ago. (File photo)
Both the City and Hoke County, meanwhile, are coping challenges to dispose of citizens’ yard debris. In next week’s issue of The News-Journal we’ll have more information.