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Repaving busy Stratford Road in Winston-Salem

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-- One of Winston-Salem's busiest roads, the heart of retail in the city, Stratford Road, will be completely repaved over the next several weeks.

The NCDOT says it will start resurfacing the road this weekend. The first phase will include stripping and repaving the outside lanes in-between Business 40/Highway 421 and Interstate 40.

John Rhyne, Resident NCDOT Engineer, said the work is going to take longer than normal for a road of this size because of traffic and because all the work will be done at night.

"Obviously traffic, location, driveways, and businesses are there and trying not to interrupt them more than we have to is a goal plus the utilities that are in the roadway. There are lots of utilities here sewer, water, gas," said Rhyne.

Crews will work Sunday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. The goal is to keep all lanes open during the day.

Phase two will be completed later this summer. It includes repaving the center lanes and repainting all lines on the road.

Engineers say while it may mean minor delays the road will be in much better shape after it's all over.

"There won't be the potholes and the puddles and things like that. All the striping out here will be refreshed and much more visible so you can see it better and a generally nicer road to travel on," Rhyne said.

The first phase will cost $800,000.