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Ask 13: Why doesn't DOT resurface aging Hendersonville streets?

Janice Bridges wrote us a letter that starts like this: "What is the timetable for resurfacing the following streets in Hendersonville?" Church Street, North Main Street, and Duncan Hill Road? (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A viewer is concerned about Hendersonville streets that are starting to show their age.

She says they have potholes and sunken manhole covers, and are eyesores for tourists. She wants to know why the DOT doesn't do something.

Janice Bridges wrote us a letter that starts like this: "What is the timetable for resurfacing the following streets in Hendersonville?" Church Street, North Main Street, and Duncan Hill Road?

We took our camera to all of those streets.

Some have potholes filled with asphalt. Manhole covers looked a little shabby.

Bridges says the streets have been this way for years, and can cause damage to vehicles.

We contacted the Department of Transportation.

Spokesman David Uchiyama tells us the agency uses an independent contractor to evaulate and rank roads for repaving.

"Duncan Hill is scheduled to be repaved in 2020," he said. "North Main Street doesn't rank high enough, and on North Church Street we need to work with the city to repair the fragile water and sewer lines underneath the road before we can go in and repave it."

Uchiyama adds that you can voice your concerns about North Carolina roads by contacting the n-c dot on its website.

If you have a question for us, write us at Ask13@wlos.com.

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