The N.C. Department of Transportation
has awarded a $45 million contract to build a 6.6-mile section of the Troy Bypass (N.C. 24/27) from Dairy Road to east of Little River in Montgomery County. The contract was awarded to J.T. Russell and Sons Inc. of Albermarle.The purpose of the project is to reduce traffic volume and improve safety on N.C. 24/27 in the Town of Troy by removing vehicles and trucks that are only passing through the area.Construction can begin as early as December 29 and should be completed by Aug. 1, 2018.Engineers with the NCDOT say the project uses a "superstreet plan" which keeps through traffic moving instead of being slowed by traffic signals at intersections. By minimizing the number of signals, the plan improves mobility and reduces the number of accidents.The superstreet design does not restrict any movement for vehicles who are on the Bypass and are going to Troy. The only difference from a standard design is that motorists who want to access the Bypass from the intersecting side streets will need to turn right initially.As currently designed, four traffic signals will be part of the Bypass project: At the western most intersection with N.C. 24/27 Business for eastbound traffic making a left turn from the Bypass onto N.C. 24/27 Business towards Troy; Two will be located at the eastern most intersection with N.C. 24/27 Business. One will be for eastern vehicles on the Bypass making a left turn onto N.C. 24/27 Business towards Troy, while the other is for the Bypass U-turn movement for an intersection located approximately 800 feet west of the connector road to N.C. 24/27 Business; At the connector road with N.C. 24/27 Business and Page Street.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.