RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract for the resurfacing of 8.5 miles on U.S. 74 near downtown Whiteville.
The $4.9 million project will involve resurfacing of the highway, as well as reconstruction of the shoulder along U.S. 74 between U.S. 76 and U.S. 74 Business. Highway resurfacing extends the lifespan of the pavement, improves safety and provides a smoother ride for motorists.
The contract was awarded to Barnhill Contracting Co. of Tarboro. Work may begin as early as April 30 and is to be completed by Nov. 16. At least one lane in both directions will remain open for the duration of the project.
This is one of 34 contracts totaling $130.8 million awarded by Conti for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina during the past month. NCDOT awarded the contracts to the lowest bidders, as required by state law. The bids received on the projects awarded came in about 1.4 percent, or $118.8 million, below NCDOT estimates.
Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 575 highway contracts totaling $4.1 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 www.ncdot.gov.