RALEIGH - N.C. Department of
Transportation Secretary Gene Conti awarded a contract to resurface nearly
a mile of N.C. 27 near Boger City in Lincoln County.
A $2 million contract was awarded to Davis Grading Inc. of
Shelby. Work can begin as early as April 2 and be completed by Nov. 28, 2012.
The project will run from just east of the N.C. 150 intersection to Asbury
Church Road. The road is being widened to three lanes and two deteriorated
culverts will be replaced.
An alternate route will serve as a detour when necessary around the work
zone. Eastbound traffic will take Salem Church Road to Keener Road to Hill Road
back onto N.C. 27. Westbound traffic
will reverse directions.
Resurfacing N.C. 27 will extend the lifespan of the pavement, improve
safety and provide a smoother ride for motorists.
This is one of 29 contracts totaling $167.9 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 7.5 percent, or about $13.5
million, below NCDOT estimates.
Since Gov. Bev
Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 540 highway contracts
totaling $3.9 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