- N.C. Department of Transportation
Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a $96.2 million contract to Tetra Tech Construction Inc. of Mayfield, N.Y. to widen U.S. 220 from Horsepen Creek Road in Guilford County to the intersection of U.S. 220 and N.C. 68 in Rockingham County. The 13.2-mile section of U.S. 220 will be widened from two lanes to four lanes with a median, enhancing safety and mobility in northern and western Guilford County. In addition, the project will enhance the economic development potential of western Rockingham County by providing easier access to the Piedmont Triad International Airport area.A section of this widening project, from the existing U.S. 220 in Rockingham County to the area around the Haw River north of Summerfield, will be constructed as a part of future I-73, which is scheduled for availability in April 2014The work on the U.S. 220 widening project can start as early as April 2, with final completion set for Dec. 27, 2016. This is one of 29 contracts totaling $167.9 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 7.5 percent, or about $13.5 million, below NCDOT estimates.Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 540 highway contracts totaling $3.9 billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to jobs and educational opportunities.