RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti awarded a contract to resurface 19 miles of roads in Hyde and Tyrrell counties. A $1.8 million contract was awarded to RPC Contracting Inc. of Kitty Hawk. Work can begin as early as Feb. 27 and is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 7. The following roads in Hyde County will be resurfaced: 5 miles of North Lake Road from U.S. 264 to the north; 2 miles of N.C. 45 from U.S. 264 to N.C. 94; 1.8 miles of Nebraska Road from Great Ditch Road to White Plain Road; and 1.5 miles of North Lake Road from 5 miles north of U.S. 264 for 1.5 miles. The following roads in Tyrrell County will be resurfaced: 5.3 miles of old U.S. 64 from U.S. 64 to U.S. 64; 1.7 miles of New Road from Sound Side Road to Snell Road; 1 mile of Old Columbia Road from U.S. 64 to Woodley Road; and 0.7 mile of Chapel Hill Road from Travis Road to Travis School Road. 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 39 contracts totaling $203.2 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 2.9 percent, or about $6.2 million, below NCDOT estimates. Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 511 highway contracts totaling $3.8 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.