N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti awarded a contract to resurface nearly 26 miles of roads, including stretches of U.S. 321, N.C. 150, N.C. 279, N.C. 273, N.C. 7 and 28 sections of secondary roads throughout Gaston County.A $4.2 million contract was awarded to Asphalt Paving of Shelby. Work can begin as early as Oct. 1 and must be completed by June 30, 2013. The following primary roads will be resurfaced: 1.9 miles of N.C. 273 (Mountain Island Highway) in Mount Holly from Mountain Island Place to Old N.C. 16; 1.5 miles of N.C. 150 (Church Street) in Cherryville from Delview Road to N.C. 279; 1.1 miles of N.C. 7 (Catawba Street) in Belmont from Fourth Street to U.S. 29/74; 1 mile of N.C. 279 (New Hope Road) in Cramerton from 0.2 mile south of Eighth Avenue to 0.1 mile south of Beatty Avenue; 0.8 mile of U.S. 321 South (Chester Street) in Gastonia from N.C. 7 to Garrison Boulevard; 0.8 mile of N.C. 279 (New Hope Road) in Cramerton from South Main Street to 0.4 mile south of Eighth Avenue; 0.6 mile of N.C. 279 (Dallas-Cherryville Highway) in Dallas from the bridge over U.S. 321 to Sportsman Drive; 0.6 mile of N.C. 273 (Park Street) in Belmont from U.S. 29/74 to N.C. 7; 0.5 mile of N.C. 7 (Catawba Street) in Belmont from North Main Street to Third Street; 0.2 mile of N.C. 273 (Mountain Island Highway) in Mount Holly from Pinewood Elementary School to the area where the pavement changes in width; and 0.1 mile of U.S. 321 North (York Street) in Gastonia from 3rd Avenue to 2nd Avenue. 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.