SHELBY-- TheN.C. Department of Transportationhas awarded a contract for two sections of the U.S. 74 Bypass in Cleveland County from east of Pleasant Ridge Road to east of N.C. 226.
The $33,122,504 contract was awarded to E.S. Wagner Company, LLC, of Piedmont, S.C. Construction on the five-mile stretchof the U.S. 74 Bypass can begin as soon as June 30, with completion scheduled for January 2018.
Once completed, the U.S. 74 Bypass will be a four-lane, divided highway built to interstate standards. The new highway is designed to reduce congestion, improve safety and increase connectivity between Interstate 26 and Interstate 85.
Construction on the first section of the U.S. 74 Bypassstarted last year.
This is one of the 14 road and bridge contracts worth $82.5 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 5.5 percent, or $4.5 million, below NCDOT estimates.