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NCDOT Awards $62.4 Million for Final Section of U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass

RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded the final contract for the U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass in Wayne County.

The $62.4 million contract was awarded to S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson. Work can begin as early as July 30, with completion no later than Nov. 1, 2015.

The U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass is being constructed in three sections. This contract includes plans to construct a 5.9-mile section of the four-lane divided highway from U.S. 70 east of Goldsboro to Interstate 795. Interchanges will be constructed at U.S. 70 and N.C. 581. The east end of this section will tie into the existing interchange of the first section of the bypass at I-795.

The first section of the bypass opened to traffic in December 2011. The 3.9-mile, four-lane divided highway is designated as N.C. 44 and connects I-795 and Wayne Memorial Drive north of Goldsboro. It is designated as N.C. 44 because it does not yet connect to U.S. 70.

In February, Secretary Conti awarded a $104.4 million design-build contract to Barnhill Contracting Co. of Tarboro for a 12.5-mile section of the bypass spanning from east of Wayne Memorial Drive in Wayne County to U.S. 70 just east of Promise Land Road in Lenoir County. Interchanges will be constructed at U.S. 13, Parkstown Road and U.S. 70. Design work is taking place first, with construction beginning at the end of 2012 or early 2013. Completion is scheduled for no later than July 1, 2015.

Once complete, the 20-mile bypass will begin at U.S. 70 just west of N.C. 581 in Wayne County and end at U.S. 70 just east of Promise Land Road in Lenoir County. Areas marked as N.C. 44 will then be resigned as the U.S. 70 Bypass. The estimated cost for the entire project is $246 million.

This is one of 23 contracts totaling $246.7 million awarded by Conti following NCDOT's June contract letting 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 5.9 percent, or $15.4 million, below NCDOT estimates.

Gov. Bev Perdue's proposed budget continues to support an 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.

Since Gov. Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 654 highway contracts totaling $4.5 billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to jobs and educational opportunities.

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2/15/2018 5:25 PM

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