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