In perhaps less than a month, the section of old Leland Road from Highway 1 to Fish Lake Road, arguably one of the worst sections of paved road in the county, will be repaired.
In a partnership between the City of Greenville and Washington County, the city workers will be digging out the worst section of the road and preparing it for paving, which will be done by the county.
The county will follow the city’s prep work with a 3-inch hot mix asphalt laid down by the paving machine owned by the county.
According to District 4 Supervisor Jesse Amos, the hot mix will cost about $150,000 and is much cheaper than if either the city or county had to pay a contractor to do the work.
“We should be able to pave within a week,” Amos said. “In a couple weeks, we should be done with the whole thing.”
The county uses a dedicated crew to run the asphalt machine as well as to apply chip seal to other roads.
The paving part of the work, if the weather is good, should take about a week to complete the almost two miles of road.
Amos said the last time the road in that area was paved was perhaps the late 1970s to 1980s. Asphalt roads generally last about 15 years without regular thin top coats being applied.
Amos said the new paving machine has been used in several places throughout the county and is set to move on to Reed Road after the work on Old Leland Road is done.
The county will again partner with the city to repair the section of Reed Road from Highway 1 to Fairview Avenue. The work on that section will begin once the work on Old Leland is completed.