CARRBORO – Construction on Culbreth Road has hit many delays this summer from soil problems and rain to asbestos water lines. Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation, Bill Webster, says a meeting is scheduled later this week to share the progress of the project.
Construction on Culbreth road began June 8 and its planned completion was August 25. Webster says several delays occurred during construction including: rain, an asbestos water pipe, and bad soil.
“The big one right now is we have a serious soil issue that we have to resolve, and as of today I’m not exactly sure how much time it’ll take to resolve it, but we’ll know more by the end of the week,” Webster says.
The soil problems that the construction team faces deal with poor soil found underneath Culbreth Road. Poor soil is not uncommon in floodplain areas, but the construction crew did not expect to find so much poor soil that they would have to dig another six feet.
“But once the road was excavated we found out there actually large areas within the excavation zone which the soils were completely unacceptable,” says Webster.
The three areas in which the construction crew worried about having delays all occurred, but Webster says only more rain at a bad time could continue to cause delays.
The construction crew now has plans for dealing with the soil on Culbreth Road and if they encounter the same problem on the trails later this year, it will not cause as much delay.
“And if there is a problem we’ll immediately communicate it to the community and the schools and everyone else, but right now we’re just not certain,” Webster says.
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