RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti today awarded a contract to widen U.S. 401 in Harnett County.
A $5.9 million contract was awarded to Highland Paving Company of Fayetteville. Work can begin as early as Nov. 28 and be completed by June 15, 2013.
One mile of U.S. 401 will be widened to a four-lane highway divided by a median from the intersection of N.C. 210 to Matthews Road in Lillington.
Work also includes new traffic signals at the intersection of U.S. 401 and McKinney Parkway as well as U.S. 401 and Pine Street in Lillington.
In addition, the signal at the Main Street intersection in Lillington will be upgraded.
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.
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.