RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation
Secretary Gene Conti awarded a contract to resurface nearly 34 miles of roads, including stretches of U.S. 321 between Newton and Maiden, N.C. 10 in Newton and 16 sections of secondary roads throughout Catawba County.A $5.1 million contract was awarded to J.T. Russell & Sons Inc. of Albemarle. Work can begin as early as Aug. 27 and must be completed by June 15, 2013. The following roads will be resurfaced: 5.4 miles of U.S. 321 Business between Maiden and Newton from Mays Chapel Church Road to N.C. 10; 5.4 miles of N.C. 10 in Newton from Old Catawba Road to the bridge over the Norfolk Southern Railroad; 3.25 miles of Kool Park Road in Hickory from Springs Road to N.C. 127; 3.1 miles of East Maiden Road from Buffalo Shoals Road to Oliver's Crossroads Road; 2.7 miles of Startown Road near Startown from U.S. 321 to the Lincoln County line; 2.6 miles of Springs Road/St. Peters Church Road from Saw Mill Road to N.C. 16; 2.2 miles of Plateau Road from N.C. 10 to the bridge over Potts Creek near Grace Church Road; 1.8 miles of Springs Road from St. Peters Church Road to N.C. 16; 1.5 miles of Emmanual Church Road in Conover from U.S. 70 to N.C. 16; 1.2 miles of Kelly Boulevard in Claremont from Bethany Road to Heart Drive; 1.2 miles of 2nd Avenue NW in Hickory from U.S. 321 Business to the Burke County line; 1.1 miles of 27th Street Drive NE in Hickory from McDonald Parkway to Sweetwater Road; 0.8 mile of Penny Road in Claremont from U.S. 70 to Kelly Boulevard; 0.7 mile of Sweetwater Road in Hickory from 12th Avenue SE to U.S. 70; 0.5 mile of 22nd Street Place NE in Hickory from 9th Avenue Drive NE to Springs Road; 0.4 mile of 13th Street SW in Hickory from U.S. 70 to U.S. 321; 0.3 mile of 25th Avenue in Hickory from Section House Road to Springs Road; and 0.03 mile of Upper Springs Road in Catawba County from Springs Road to N.C. 16.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 24 contracts totaling $119.9 million awarded by Conti in July 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 9.5 percent, or $12.6 million, below NCDOT estimates. Since Gov. Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 678 highway contracts totaling $4.7 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.