RALEIGH The N.C Department of Transportation
will begin making improvements to 23.7 miles of roads in Bertie, Hertford and Northampton counties this month. Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a $2.3 million contract to Rose Brothers Paving Co., Inc. of Ahoskie to do the work which can begin as early as July 30, and conclude by June 1, 2013.In Bertie County, crews will resurface 0.6 miles of Church Street from N.C. 308 to Tyler School Road near Roxobel.In Hertford County, 4.9 miles of N.C. 561 will be resurfaced from U.S. 13 to Thomas Bridge Road. In addition the following secondary roads will also be resurfaced: 2.8 miles of Statesville Road from Boone's Bridge Road to the Virginia state line; 2.1 miles of Mt. Moriah Road from just south of U.S. 158 to Boones Farm Road; 1.6 miles of Boone's Bridge Road from Whitley Road to Statesville Road; and 0.8 miles of Catherine Creek Road from U.S. 13 to Martin Luther King Boulevard.In Northampton County, the follow secondary roads will be resurfaced: 3.5 miles of Mt. Carmel Church Road from Bynum Road to Jackson Bypass Road; 3.6 miles of Bryantown Road from Chapel Hill Church Road to Rich Square city limit; 2.7 miles of Zion Church Road from U.S. 158 to Creeksville Road; and 1.1 miles of Creeksville Road from Zion Church Road to Jenkins Mill Road.Resurfacing these sections of roads will improve safety, make travel more efficient and extend the lifespan of the county's transportation network. It will also enhance the ride quality for motorists.This is one of 23 contracts totaling $246.7 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 5.9 percent, or $15.4 million, below NCDOT estimates. Since Gov. Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 654 highway contracts totaling $4.5 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.