After two years, $5 million and countless traffic jams, the construction project on Smith Level Road, which was slated for completion in May, will finally come to an end in January.
Construction has been going on since February 2013, and many residents are upset by how long it has taken.
“It’s absolutely horrendous,” said John Christie, a resident who lives off of Smith Level Road. “It took them almost two and a half years to do a very simple project. That project was not that difficult.”
John’s wife, Julie Christie, agrees the construction has taken longer than it should have.
“They had two projects going on at either end of our street at the same time about a year and a half ago, and the other one's been done a half a year already,” she said.
The completion date for the Smith Level project was originally set for May 2015 but has now been pushed back a full eight months.
Bergen Watterson, the transportation planner for the town of Carrboro, attributes the postponement to “issues with utility placements and other minor, unexpected delays”.
Chris Kirkman, the project manager for the N.C. Department of Transportation, said there are only small tasks such as pavement markings, mulching and signage left to do.
The lengthy construction work has caused a headache for drivers trying to pass through the area.