RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti awarded a contract to resurface 1.2 miles of New Farm Road near Granite Falls from River Bend Drive to Grace Chapel Road.
A $4.6 million contract was awarded to J.T. Russell and Sons Inc. of Albemarle. Work can begin as early as Jan. 30 and be completed by Sept. 15, 2013.
The project will consist of constructing a two-lane road that will connect U.S. 321 and Grace Chapel Road. The project will include replacing two bridges on New Farm Road, as well as installing guardrails and building retaining walls. Traffic will be maintained on New Farm Road while the bridge construction takes place.
This project will extend the lifespan of the pavement, improve safety and provide a smoother ride for motorists.
This is one of 30 contracts totaling $82.6 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 8 percent, or about $7.2 million, below NCDOT estimates.
Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 471 highway contracts totaling $3.6 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 economic impact.