Gov. Bev Perdue announced today that 34 contracts totaling more than $107 million have been awarded for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina, including 13 projects funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Raleigh - Gov. Bev Perdue announced today that 34 contracts totaling more than $107 million have been awarded for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina, including 13 projects funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The contracts were awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation to the lowest bidders, as required by state law.
“In the new year, recovery dollars will continue to help us improve our transportation infrastructure while providing jobs to North Carolinians,” Perdue said.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, every $1 million spent on transportation creates 30 jobs, and according to the construction industry, every dollar invested in transportation generates $6 in economic impact.
The 13 recovery projects are located in Alamance, Bertie, Buncombe, Franklin, Granville, Guilford, Lee, Nash, Person, Rockingham, Stanly, Wake and Wilson counties. The 21 other projects are located in Buncombe, Burke, Caswell, Catawba, Cleveland, Cherokee, Durham, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Granville, Harnett, Lincoln, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Person, Rockingham, Rutherford, Sampson, Wake and Yancey counties.
The bids received on all 34 projects advertised came in 15 percent, or about $19 million, below NCDOT estimates.
The traditionally-funded project located in Lincoln County includes milling, resurfacing and shoulder reconstruction along 25.7 miles of roads. The $3 million contract was awarded to Blythe Construction Inc. of Charlotte. The project can begin as early as Feb. 1 and is scheduled for completion by Aug. 31.
The project includes work along:
3.6 miles of N.C. 182 from N.C. 274 to Shoal Road (State Road 1002) in Johnstown;
3.5 miles of N.C. 73 in two separate sections from Cross Center Road (S.R. 2040) to the Mecklenburg County line and from N.C. 27 to Link Drive (S.R. 1816);
2.9 miles of N.C. 16 from Unity Church Road (S.R. 1439) north to Webbs Road (S.R. 1379); and
17 sections of secondary roads totaling 15.7 miles.
For more information about funding for infrastructure improvements in North Carolina, as well as other NCDOT projects and activities, visit www.ncdot.gov