RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to resurface 13.3 miles of road in Rutherford County, including 10 miles of U.S. 74 eastbound from Polk County to U.S. 74A and westbound from U.S. 74A to U.S. 221 and four sections of secondary roads, including:
0.2 miles of Mt. View Cemetery Road from U.S. 221 to dead end;
0.1 miles of First Baptist Church Road from Spindale Street to U.S. 74 Business/U.S.221 A;
2.4 miles of Harris-Henrietta Road from U.S. 221A to Ferry Road; and
0.7 miles of Harris-Henrietta Road from U.S. 221 to Hogan Road.
The $1.2 million contract was awarded to Harrison Construction Company, a division of Apac-Atlantic, of Knoxville, Tenn. Work can begin June 25 and is scheduled for completion by Sept. 30.
These routine maintenance projects will extend the lifespan of the pavement, improve safety and provide a smoother ride for motorists.
This is one of 30 contracts totaling $109.3 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 3.9 percent, or $4.4 million, below NCDOT estimates.
Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 631 highway contracts totaling $4.3 billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to jobs and educational opportunities.
Gov. Perdue's proposed budget continues to support an enhancing or expanding our transportation infrastructure. In doing so, Gov. Perdue continues to support immediate jobs in the construction sector and the goal of ensuring that our transportation network facilitates access to jobs, education and healthcare for the future.
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.