Raleigh-The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $20.6 million contract to improve 3.8 miles of Ray Road from N.C. 210 to Overhills Road in Harnett County.
The project, awarded to Fred Smith Co. of Raleigh, calls for converting the road to a 4-lane roadway with a raised median. It will address congestion, improve safety and promote economic development for the corridor. The project will also improve safety and access for several schools located on the corridor.
Work on the project can begin as early as May 1, 2015 and should be completed by mid-November, 2017.
Because of the rush hour commute, the contractor will not close or narrow a lane of traffic on Ray Road, Overhills Road or N.C. 210 between 7-9 a.m. and 3-7 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For more information about funding for infrastructure improvements in North Carolina, as well as other NCDOT projects and activities, visit www.ncdot.gov .
This is one of seven road and bridge contracts worth $139.8 million recently awarded by NCDOT for projects across North Carolina. The contracts were awarded to the lowest bidders, as required by state law. The low bids received on the projects were about $7.9 million below NCDOT estimates.