RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation
Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a design-build contract for construction of the next section of the U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass in Wayne and Lenoir counties.A $104.4 million contract was awarded to Barnhill Contracting Co. of Tarboro for the project. Design work will take place first, with construction beginning at the end of 2012 or early 2013. Completion is scheduled for no later than July 1, 2015. The project includes plans to construct the next 12.5 miles of the four-lane divided highway, from east of Wayne Memorial Drive in Wayne County to U.S. 70 just east of Promise Land Road in Lenoir County. Interchanges will be constructed at U.S. 13, Parkstown Road and U.S. 70. This project will utilize the design-build method, which allows the design, environmental permitting, right-of-way acquisition, utility relocation and construction to take place at the same time, under one contract. This method reduces overall construction time, helps the department avoid cost inflation, allows the contractor to make innovations that save taxpayers money, lessens environmental impact and alleviates driving delays for motorists. The first section of the U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass opened to traffic in December 2011. The 3.9-mile, four-lane divided highway is designated as N.C. 44 and connects Interstate 795 and Wayne Memorial Drive north of Goldsboro. It is designated as N.C. 44 because it does not yet connect to U.S. 70.The final section of the U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass from west of N.C. 581 to I-795 is currently scheduled to be awarded in June, with construction beginning later this summer. Once complete, the 20-mile bypass will begin at U.S. 70 just west of N.C. 581 in Wayne County and end at U.S. 70 just east of Promise Land Road in Lenoir County. Areas marked as N.C. 44 will then be resigned as the U.S. 70 Bypass. The estimated cost for the entire project is $246 million.This is one of 39 contracts worth $203.2 million recently awarded by Transportation Secretary Gene 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. NCDOT has awarded 24 design-build contracts totaling $1.7 billion. In addition to expediting construction, design-build projects utilize more private sector contractors, stimulating job creation.For more information about funding for infrastructure improvements in North Carolina, as well as other NCDOT projects and activities, visit www.ncdot.gov.