SHELBY --TheN.C Department of Transportationhas awarded a contract for improvements along the Interstate 26 and N.C. 280 interchange in Asheville near the Buncombe/Henderson county line.
Once the project is completed, the updated and redesigned interchange will make the intersection more efficient and reduce congestion through the area.
The $8,775,537 contract was awarded to Young & McQueen Grading Company, Inc. of Burnsville.
Work on the project can begin as soon as mid-May, with final completion scheduled for late November 2016.
In an effort to minimize the construction's impact on motorists, most of the project work with the potential to disrupt traffic flow will be done during off-peak hours.
This is one of the 25 road and bridge contracts worth $71 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 1.2 percent, or $845,000 below NCDOT estimates.