More than 30 Cumberland County roads still closed after Matthew

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – In Cumberland County, more than 30 roads are still blocked off due to damage from Hurricane Matthew.

Those closures are costing some county residents extra time to travel area roads.

Even on streets where roads are open, more signs show construction ahead.

“I was trying to go to McArthur Road and I had to go all the way down to Murchison Road, just to get ack on Rosehill Rd to get to McArthur Road,” said Fayetteville resident Frederick Thomas.

Thomas said that accounts for nearly 20 extra minutes.

Gov. Pat McCrory spoke at a Hurricane Matthew recovery meeting Monday and said it will take millions of dollars to repair the state’s damaged roads.

Following the meeting, Cumberland County EMS Director Randy Beeman said finding the money to repair the roads is the problem.

“It’s a funding issue and then it’s how quickly you can get the resources together to start moving those projects along to get roadways back open,” Beeman said. “If you’re gonna put back certain infrastructure then you need to make sure you bring it back to good standards.”

Beeman said it could take several more months before drivers get back to their normal routes.

In the midst of driving frustration, Thomas said all he can do is plan ahead.

“You gotta setup a time frame to where you know you won’t be late,” Thomas said. “If you gotta be at work at 8, you better leave home at 7:15, 7:20 because you don’t know,” he said.

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