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NCDOT Awards $12.5 Million for Interchange Improvement Project on Hibriten Drive in Lenoir

RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to widen and improve nearly a mile of Hibriten Drive in Lenoir from U.S. 321A (Norwood Street) to Starcross Road east of U.S. 321.

The $12.5 million contract was awarded to Miller Engineering Company Inc. of Marion. Work can begin as early as June 25 and be completed by March 14, 2015.

The project will consist of constructing an interchange that will connect Hibriten Drive and U.S. 321.As part of this project, Hibriten Drive will be widened from two to four lanes from U.S. 321A to Starcross Road, with intersection improvements at U.S. 321A, Berkley Street and Starcross Road.

Lane closures and detours will be necessary during construction. Northbound Berkley Street traffic will take Countryside Drive to U.S. 321A to Hibriten Drive, while southbound traffic will reverse these directions.

When Hibriten Drive is closed, northbound traffic will take Starcross Road to Countryside Drive to U.S. 321A to McLean Drive back to Hibriten Drive. Southbound traffic will reverse these directions.

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.

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2/15/2018 5:26 PM