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Ask The Times: Stephens Road repaving just completed patching phase
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Hall County road crews have only completed patching on Stephens Road at this point, Aug. 2, 2018, according to county spokeswoman Katie Crumley. - photo by Jeff Gill

If you’ve been wondering about something in your community, Ask The Times is your place to get answers. The following question was submitted by a reader and answered through the efforts of our news staff.

What is going on with the Stephens Road repaving project? It looks half completed as they jumped around and left numerous stretches unpaved.

Hall County road crews have only completed road patching at this point, county spokeswoman Katie Crumley said in an email.

“The contractor will be back to perform the final topping,” she said.

Resurfacing projects are usually done in two phases — first with patching, then with a final topping.

“Roads such as Stephens often require considerable patching, and sometimes residents think that the patching is the resurfacing,” Crumley said. “That is not the case.”

All of the Stephens Road, which runs from Jim Crow Road in Flowery Branch to McEver Road in Oakwood, is being repaved as part of Hall’s annual resurfacing efforts. It will be done by the end of 2018, Crumley said.

The cost for the total effort is nearly $5 million, funded by the county’s special purpose local option sales tax money and a state Department of Transportation grant.

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