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NCDOT Awards $1.6 Million for N.C. 89 Realignment Project between Low Gap and the Virginia State Line

RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to improve a sharp curve along N.C. 89 near N.C. 18 between Low Gap and the Virginia state line.

The $1.6 million contract was awarded to DLB, Inc. of Hillsville, Va. Work can begin as early as Oct. 1 and is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 28, 2014.

The quarter-mile curve will be realigned near the existing curve and will be able to accommodate large truck traffic. This curve has seen a high accident rate, especially for large trucks attempting to navigate the tighter curve on the mountainous road.

The project will have a temporary signal installed to allow two-way traffic to utilize one lane as the southbound lane will be closed during most of the project. This will take place between Oct. 1 and Dec. 1, 2013. The road also can be closed on Mondays or Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., as well as Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for blasting operations.

When necessary, a 40-mile off-site detour route will be set up. Heading north from Low Gap, motorists will travel south on N.C. 89 to Interstate 77 North into Virginia. Take Exit 14 onto U.S. 221/58 toward Galax, Va., then head south on VA 89 into North Carolina. Southbound traffic will reverse directions.

This is one of 18 contracts totaling $205.8 million awarded by Conti in August 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 15.4 percent, or $37.4 million, below NCDOT estimates.

Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 697 highway contracts totaling $4.9 billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to jobs and educational opportunities. 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.

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2/15/2018 5:25 PM