CHARLOTTE -This week the N.C. Department of Transportation awarded an $875,000 contract to ALS of North Carolina, Inc. out of Salisbury to install a series of closed-circuit cameras and message boards along a recently widened segment of I-85 from south of Bruton Smith Boulevard (Exit 49) to N.C. 73 (Exit 55) in Concord.
This technology is part of NCDOT's Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) to improve travel conditions, increase safety and minimize delays for commuters and travelers across the state. The department combines the use of these information devices to relay traffic updates, construction and weather information to the public.
This contract includes the installation of three dynamic message signs along this section of I-85 at the following locations:
I-85 North approaching Bruton Smith Boulevard (Exit 49);
I-85 North approaching George Liles Parkway (Exit 54); and
I-85 South after N.C. 73 (Exit 55).
Crews will also install additional closed-circuit cameras at the following locations:
I-85 North approaching Bruton Smith Boulevard;
I-85 South at Poplar Tent Road (Exit 52);
I-85 North approaching George Liles Parkway;
George Liles Parkway at I-85; and
N.C. 73 at I-85.
Work can get underway as early as Dec. 1 with completion scheduled for Nov. 1, 2015.
This is one of the nine road and bridge contracts worth $173.4 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.