RALEIGH The N.C. Department of Transportation will soon begin work to increase the safety of two curves along Tarheel Road in Robeson County. The project will super elevate the road and add guardrail to two bridges near the county line at Big Swamp. Increasing the super elevations on curves reduces vehicle crashes due to hydroplaning and loss of vehicular control while travelling through curves.
Super elevations are like the curves in NASCAR racetracks, where the outside edge of the curve is at a higher elevation than the inside edge. The higher outside edge helps the car turn when it enters the curve and helps to keep the car held down on the roadway. Curves without super elevation sometimes cause cars to slide out of the turn.
For this project, the first curve is located at the intersection of Tarheel and Denmark roads near the Zion Tabernacle Baptist Church. The second curve is located near Turnpike Road along Tar Heel Road. The project will consist of grading, paving, pavement markings and guardrail.
There will be no detours associated with the work and no lane closures from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Monday through Friday. The work will begin in December and is scheduled for completion by October 2016, weather permitting.
This work was awarded to Barnhill Contracting of Lumberton in a $575,000 contract. It was awarded to the lowest bidder as required by state law.
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