RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to resurface more than 43 miles of primary and secondary roads in Bladen and Columbus counties.
The $6.7 million contract was awarded to Barnhill Contracting Co. of Tarboro. Work can begin as early as June 25 and be completed by May 31, 2013.
The contract includes improving 8.3 miles of N.C. 131 from N.C. 410 to N.C. 87 in Bladen County and 13.2 miles of U.S. 701 from N.C. 410 to Slippery Log Road in Columbus County.
In addition, several other primary and secondary roads in Bladen and Columbus counties also will be resurfaced.
This is one of 30 contracts totaling $109.3 million recently 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 3.9 percent, or $4.4 million, below NCDOT estimates.
Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 631 highway contracts totaling $4.3 billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to jobs and educational opportunities.
Gov. 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.