Increased traffic on I-74 damaging road in Forsyth Co.

FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — The rough winter has created a lot of potholes across area roads, but North Carolina Department of Transportation Division Engineer Pat Ivey says another factor is hurting a section of Interstate 74.

“We have seen an increase in traffic, especially truck traffic, which deteriorates our roads a little quicker,” he said.

Interstate 74 westbound near the Forsyth County/Guilford County line is filled with deep ruts and bumps. According to a 2011 traffic count, 25,000 cars and trucks travel Interstate 74 from Guilford County to Interstate 40 in Forsyth County.

Ivey feels more vehicles use that highway today. More traffic means additional wear and tear on Interstate 74.

The DOT will continue to fix any problems that develop on the interstate. The permanent solution would be to resurface Interstate 74 through Forsyth County but that is an expensive fix. Ivey said he is waiting on federal assistance.

“Because it is now Interstate 74 it’s eligible to receive federal funds and we can use it to resurface our interstate highways.”

Engineers estimate that it will cost $14 million to resurface Interstate 74.

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