RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti awarded a contract to resurface 10.1 miles of secondary roads in Gaston County.
A $2 million contract was awarded to Blythe Construction Inc. of Charlotte. Work can begin as early as March 15, 2012 and be completed by Nov. 15, 2012.
The following roads will be resurfaced:
- 2 miles of Linwood Avenue in Gastonia from Garrison Boulevard to Trinity Avenue;
- 1.5 miles of Hudson Boulevard in Gastonia from Myrtle School Road to U.S. 321 (York Road);
- 0.9 miles of Pierce Avenue in Gastonia from Helen Street to the end of the pavement;
- 0.9 miles of Spencer Mountain Road in Lowell from N.C. 7 to Love Street;
- 0.7 miles of Oakwood Drive in Gastonia from Pierce Avenue to Helena Street;
- 0.6 miles of Branding Iron Drive in Gastonia from Buckskin Drive to Lewis Road;
- 0.5 miles of Ralph Boulevard in Gastonia from Lewis Road to Buckskin Drive;
- 0.4 miles of Michelle Lane in Gastonia from Westland Farm Road to the Cul-de-Sac;
- 0.3 miles of Rollingwood Drive in Gastonia from Pierce Avenue to Helena Street;
- 0.3 miles of Lane Road in Gastonia from Westland Farm Road to Dawn Drive;
- 0.3 miles of Spargo Street in Gastonia from Hickory Grove Road to the end of the pavement;
- 0.2 miles of Durham Road in Stanley from Wingate Drive to the Cul-de-Sac;
- 0.2 miles of Dawn Drive in Gastonia from Lane Road to Helena Drive;
- 0.2 miles of Helena Drive in Gastonia from Dawn Drive to Westland Farm Road;
- 0.2 miles of Hawley Street in Gastonia from Pierce Avenue to Dawn Drive;
- 0.2 miles of Buckskin Drive in Gastonia from Old Church Road to Ralph Boulevard;
- 0.1 miles of Jeffrey Street in Gastonia from Michelle Lane to the Cul-de-Sac;
- 0.1 miles of Smith Lane in Gastonia from Smith Road to Glendale Drive Extension;
- 0.1 miles of Glendale Drive Extension in Gastonia from Smith Lane to the dead end;
- 0.1 mile of Watergate Drive in Gastonia from Buckskin Drive to the Cul-de-Sac; and
- 0.1 mile of Hall Road in Lowell from Spencer Mountain Road to the end of the pavement.
Resurfacing these sections of roadway will extend the lifespan of the pavement, improve safety and provide a smoother ride for motorists.
This is one of 12 contracts totaling $32.1 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 6 percent, or about $2.1 million, below NCDOT estimates.
Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 439 highway contracts totaling $3.4 billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to jobs and educational opportunities.
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.