Cuyler Best Road

A vehicle travels Wednesday on Cuyler Best Road between Pentecostal Christian Assemblies and Cuyler Best Apartments. Repaving of Cuyler Best Road is scheduled to begin next week.

Expect delays on Cuyler Best Road beginning next week.

That’s what an electronic sign on New Hope Road advises motorists as the N.C. Department of Transportation prepares Cuyler Best Road for milling and repaving.

The project should take about a week, said Andrew Barksdale, public relations officer for Divisions 4 and 6 of N.C. DOT.

Milling and repaving of the roughly mile-long Cuyler Best Road will be from New Hope Road to North Park Drive.

The project involves no widening of the mostly two-lane road and occasional turn lanes. It is strictly a milling and resurfacing project.

The sign cites a previously expected start date of Nov. 29. However, Barksdale said the beginning date likely will be Dec. 1 or 2. He attributed the later start to the contractor’s schedule and getting supplies it needs.

The schedule also is subject to change depending on weather, Barksdale said.

The road will not close completely, but sometimes traffic will alternate on one lane with traffic flow controlled by flaggers, Barksdale said. Temporary lane markings will be placed within five days after the repaving is done. Permanent pavement markings will be placed later.

Repaving of Cuyler Best Road is part of a larger resurfacing program covering more than 33 miles of roads in Wayne County, including a 5.55-mile stretch of N.C. 581.

The N.C. 581 project is the longest of the more than two dozen state road resurfacing projects, according to a project summary from the N.C. Department of Transportation.

The contractor is S.T. Wooten Corp. The $3.5 million contract for milling and repaving was awarded in March.

Timing of the N.C. 581 project and other individual projects will vary. The overall completion date for all of these projects is November 2022, but most will be done by next summer, Barksdale said.

Resurfacing of N.C. 581 will be from Secondary Road 1337 to the Wilson County line.