N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti awarded a contract to resurface 27.8 miles of roads, including a stretch of U.S. 70 in Statesville, and 24 sections of secondary roads throughout Iredell County.A $3.7 million contract was awarded to Maymead Inc. of Mountain City, Tenn. Work can begin as early as Oct. 1 and must be completed by June 30, 2013. A 9.9-mile stretch of U.S. 70 in Statesville will be resurfaced from the Catawba County line to Garner Bagnal Boulevard. Secondary road resurfacing will take place in Statesville, Mooresville and Troutman.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 18 contracts totaling $205.8 million awarded by Conti in August 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 15.4 percent, or $37.4 million, below NCDOT estimates. Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 697 highway contracts totaling $4.9 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.