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9/26/2016: NCDOT to Partner with City of Hickory to Repair Sinkhole

NCDOT to Partner with City of Hickory to Repair Sinkhole

Posted 9/26/2016 11:49:24 AM

HICKORY - Governor Pat McCrory announced today that the N.C. Department of Transportation will partner with the City of Hickory to repair the sinkhole at the intersection of U.S. 70 and Seventh Street Southeast in Hickory. At its September meeting, the N.C. Board of Transportation approved an agreement with the City of Hickory to pay for the $3.2 million repair project. Work will entail excavating the area, extending the culvert under U.S. 70 to the existing 96-inch corrugated steel pipe under Seventh Street and backfilling the site. “We’re pleased to help the City of Hickory reach a solution to this long-standing problem,” Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson said. “Addressing this issue is essential to maintaining the safety and quality of our highway infrastructure.” The project will prevent continued failure of the pipe that resulted in sinkholes in August 2002, July 2005 and July 2013. Overflow from the blocked pipe causes flooding on U.S. 70 and adjacent business properties. Under the agreement, NCDOT will provide $1 million toward the cost of the project and the city will provide $2.2 million, as well as sharing in any additional costs beyond the estimated $3.2 million for the project. The city will also acquire the property needed for the repairs. The project is expected to be awarded late this fall and complete in summer 2017. ***NCDOT***
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8/2/2016: Road to Close in Wilson County for Bridge Replacement

Road to Close in Wilson County for Bridge Replacement

Posted 8/2/2016 3:16:23 PM

Raleigh - The N.C. Department of Transportation will close a portion of Town Creek Road in Wilson County this week in order to replace a bridge. The 76-year-old bridge, which is located near Elm City and crosses over Town Creek, is structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. It is safe, but its deteriorating condition required constant repairs. It was also built to design standards that are no longer in use, and had weight limits that restricted the type of vehicles that could be on the bridge. The road will be closed to vehicular traffic starting Thursday morning. Drivers on Town Creek Road in either direction can use Bridgersville Road, Bottoms Dairy Road and East Langley Road as the signed detour. The new bridge is expected completed and the road reopened to traffic by early December. Secondary vegetation work, which may include reforestation and planting, will be completed by June 2017. The repair or replacement of aging bridges is an integral part of Governor McCrory’s 25-Year Vision for transportation in North Carolina. Governor McCrory’s budget for 2016-2017 increases repair and replacement funding for bridges by 58 percent, totaling $242 million. The $796,500 contract for the project was awarded by the Board of Transportation to Sanford Contractors, Inc., of Sanford in July. The contract was one of 17 road and bridge projects awarded by the state at a cost of $149.2 million, which was $1.3 million less than Transportation Department engineers’ estimates. Contracts were awarded to the lowest qualified bidders, as required by state law.
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7/1/2016: All Lanes on Elizabeth City Bridge Now Open

All Lanes on Elizabeth City Bridge Now Open

Posted 7/1/2016 3:49:26 PM

Elizabeth City - The N.C. Department of Transportation removed the last of the orange safety barrels from the U.S. 158/Elizabeth Street Bridge in Elizabeth City Friday, marking the completion of the final phase of the rehabilitation project and opening the bridge to full traffic flow. The project, which began in 2011, included the rehabilitation of two bridges that cross the Pasquotank River. It has a number of unique design features, including the use of foam concrete materials and micro-pilings under the roadway. Archer Western Contractors LLC rehabilitated the westbound bridge, constructed in the 1970s, as part of a $62.2-million project that also included reconstructing U.S. 158/Elizabeth Street through downtown Elizabeth City and replacing the eastbound bridge over the Pasquotank River. The new eastbound bridge opened to traffic in May 2015 and the reconstruction of U.S. 158/Elizabeth Street was completed late last year. The previous eastbound bridge at the same location had been built in the 1930s. “I’d like to compliment the administration for making this much-needed investment in the Northeast,” Division One Board Member Malcolm Fearing said. “Although this has been a complicated project, we are glad to see it has now been completed for motorists to enjoy.” The rehabilitation of the westbound bridge, which began soon after the eastbound bridge opened, included painting the drawbridge leaves on the east and west side of the river, pouring a new concrete deck overlay, rewiring controls and replacing brakes and motors for the drawbridge leaves.  “We are very glad that the bridge project has reached its completion, and wish to thank all of those who were responsible for making it happen.” Division One Engineer Jerry Jennings said. Bridge improvement projects like this one are underway across the state as part of Governor McCrory’s 25-Year Transportation Vision to enhance travel safety and to better connect North Carolinians to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation opportunities. ***NCDOT***
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3/22/2016: NCDOT Awards I-26 Contract

NCDOT Awards I-26 Contract

Posted 3/22/2016 4:56:50 PM

ASHEVILLE — Some humps and bumps on Interstate 26 in Henderson County are about to wave goodbye. A $12.5 million contract for improvements on I-26 was awarded to Harrison Construction Company of Knoxville, Tenn., to improve a 10-mile stretch of the interstate in Henderson County. “The project is to essentially repair some faulting concrete slabs and to resurface the interstate,” said Division 14 construction engineer Brian Burch. “It’s a necessary project to keep the road in good condition until the Transportation Improvement Program project for I-4400 is begins in about four years.” There will be some lane and speed restrictions in the construction area during daytime hours through the week and more in the evenings. However, traffic should be open on holidays and weekends. Construction is expected to begin in April and last until October 2017. “We hope to keep the impact to traffic as minimal as possible,” Burch said. “They’ll be going out to some of the slabs that are bouncing up and down and they’ll do some injection molding to stabilize them then come back with an ultra-thin asphalt covering.” Drivers along this route are urged to use caution and slow down through the work zone for their safety as well as the safety of passengers, those headed in the opposite direction as well as construction crews close to the roadway.  
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3/6/2013: NCDOT will temporarily close lanes on Independence Boulevard in Charlotte beginning Friday night

NCDOT will temporarily close lanes on Independence Boulevard in Charlotte beginning Friday night

Posted 3/6/2013 12:50:51 PM

Pavement improvements will cause delays for motorists Saturday and Sunday   CHARLOTTE – The N.C. Department of Transportation will be closing lanes intermittently on Independence Boulevard (U.S. 74) in both directions between Eastway Drive and Briar Creek Road in Charlotte beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, March 8, weather permitting.   Crews with contractor Ferebee Corp. will be milling and resurfacing the roadway over the weekend, requiring lane closures during the day and at night. The contractor will start work in the eastbound lanes, switching to the westbound lanes over the course of the weekend.    All lanes will open by 6 a.m. Monday, March 11.   Motorists may avoid delays by using Monroe Road or Central Avenue as alternate routes to uptown Charlotte.   NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.   For real time travel information at any time, call 511, visit or follow NCDOT on twitter at Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.   For more information on this project, please contact the assistant resident engineer at (704) 845-1151.     ***NCDOT***
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