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RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract for an upgrade to the city of Rocky Mount computerized signal system in Edgecombe and Nash counties. The $4.5 million contract was awarded to ALS of North Carolina Inc. of Fayetteville. Work can begin as early as Nov. 28, with final completion scheduled for no later than April 1, 2014. As part of the contract, more than 100 signalized intersections in the city will have their controller cabinet boxes replaced. All fiber optic lines will be replaced and flashing yellow signals will also be installed at several intersections. Approximately two to three boxes will be replaced a day. While boxes are replaced, the signals at the corresponding intersection will be shut off for no longer than an hour. Flagmen will direct traffic through larger, heavily-traveled intersections. Motorists are advised to treat smaller intersections without a flagman as a four-way stop. This is one of 11 contracts totaling $71.7 million awarded by Conti for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina. NCDOT awarded the contracts to the lowest bidders, as required by state law. The bids received on the projects awarded came in about 12.2 percent, or about $10 million, below NCDOT estimates. 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. Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 427 highway contracts totaling $3.4 billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to jobs and educational opportunities. For more information about funding for infrastructure improvements in North Carolina, as well as other NCDOT projects and activities, visit


2/13/2018 4:26 PM