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Federal funding needed for road repairs in Piedmont

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Officials with FEMA are surveying storm damage in Davie and Davidson County this week.

FEMA’s assessment of the damage, caused by several snow and ice storms, will determine if federal dollars will be available to help transportation officials pay for debris removal along the highways.

“We’ve cut [the debris] back to where it’s safe for the traveling public,” said John Rhyne, an engineer with the Department of Transportation District 9. “But [the debris] is still laying on the shoulders of the roads and we want to get them up.”

Storm debris is one of many transportation projects topping their to-do list. Replacement of road reflectors and guardrail cables are being handled by contractors while transportation crews deal with the many potholes created by the winter storms. How fast those repairs happen has to do with the weather and the makers of hot mix asphalt.

“If they’re making it and the weather is nice we can get the job done,” said Rhyne.

To report potholes on state highways, contact the Department of Transportation. To report potholes on city streets contact your local municipality.

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