Will improve ride quality, make travel safer and more efficient for motoristsRALEIGH- N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a $3.8 million contract to J.T. Russell & Sons Inc. of Albemarle to resurface 27 miles of roads in Davidson County. The work can begin as early as July 30, with final completion set for Nov. 9.The roads designated for resurfacing include: 3.7 miles of N.C. 47 from the railroad crossing at N.C. 8 to Allred Road; 3.1 miles of Michael Road from N.C. 150 to Old Salisbury Road; 0.5 miles of Industrial Drive/Austin Lane from Old U.S. 52 to the cul-de-sac on Austin Lane; 0.6 miles of Welcome Center Boulevard from the railroad tracks to the point where the road dead ends; 0.2 miles of Welcome Center Court from Welcome Center Boulevard to the point where the road dead ends; 1 mile of David Smith Road from Hickory Tree Road to Eller Road; 2.8 miles of Hartman Road/Union Grove Road from Hickory Tree Road to Olivet Road; 3.8 miles of Arnold Road/Center Church Road from Old U.S. 52 to West Center Street Extension; 3.1 miles of City Lake Road from N.C. 8 to Ridge Road; 2.5 miles of Thomas Road from Old U.S. 52 south of the railroad tracks to Ridge Road; 2 miles of Old Linwood Road from N.C. 47 to Owens Road; and 3.8 miles of Becks Church Road from Old U.S. 64 to N.C. 47.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. Gov. Bev Perdue's proposed budget continues to support 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.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.