- The N.C. Department of Transportation
has awarded a contract to improve Country Club Road from U.S. 64 Business to Jeffreys Road in Nash County. Improvements include replacing the bridge over Stoney Creek, widening the road, installing drainage, paving and adding signals. The $8.1 million contract was awarded to Barnhill Contracting Co. of Tarboro.The work for this contract can start as early as July 28, with all road work completed by July 2016.A detour route will be in place during the construction of the bridge over Stoney Creek. The closure will last no longer than 10 months and will not take place until next year. Signed detours will be set up for this closure, directing motorists onto Hunter Hill Road, U.S. 64, U.S. 301 Bypass (N. Wesleyan Boulevard), U.S. 64 Alternate (Sunset Avenue), U.S. 64 and N. Winstead Avenue to avoid the construction area.Because Country Club Road intersects with existing busy commuter and commercial routes, U.S. 64 Business, Country Club Road and Hunter Hill Road will not be closed or narrow lanes Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The bridge was constructed in 1975 and is classified as functionally obsolete. This means that although the bridge is safe, it was built to design standards that are no longer in use.Because of its condition, NCDOT posted a weight limit restricting single-axle vehicles weighing more than 39 tons and trucks weighing more than 42 tons from using the bridge. The new bridge will meet current design standards and will not have posted weight limits. This was one of 18 road and bridge contracts worth $248.1 million recently awarded by NCDOT for 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 three percent, or $8.3 million, below NCDOT estimates.For more information about funding for infrastructure improvements in North Carolina, as well as other NCDOT projects and activities, visit www.ncdot.gov.