RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to resurface more than 11 miles of primary roads in Duplin and Sampson counties.
The $4.9 million contract was awarded to Barnhill Contracting Co. of Tarboro. Work can begin as early as March 19 and be completed by Nov. 16.
The roads designated for resurfacing in Duplin County include:
3.8 miles of N.C. 41 from South Rockfish Street to east of I-40 in Wallace;
0.61 miles of U.S. 117 near the U.S. 117 Connector in Calypso; and
0.52 miles of N.C. 50/403 in Faison.
Over 7 miles of U.S. 13 in Sampson County will be resurfaced from U.S. 421 to Bells Branch Road/Darden Road near Spivey's Corner.
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 39 contracts totaling $203.2 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 2.9 percent, or about $6.2 million, below NCDOT estimates.
Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 511 highway contracts totaling $3.8 billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to jobs and educational opportunities.