Raleigh - After celebrating last week's opening of the Ramsey Street to Bragg Boulevard portion of the Fayetteville Outer Loop, the N.C. Department of Transportation announced Monday that the contract for design and construction of next section has been approved.
The next section of the Fayetteville Outer Loop will span 3.1 miles from the All American Freeway to Cliffdale Road to south of Raeford Road. Recently, the N.C. Department of Transportation awarded an $85.2 million design-build contract for this project to a team comprised of Barnhill Contracting Company, Sanford Construction and HDR Engineering. The project also includes the replacement of the Lake Rim Runoff bridge on old Raeford Road over Bones Creek.
A design-build project is awarded to a team composed of a contractor and design firm that will complete the design, purchase the right of way, obtain the proper permitting, coordinate the utility relocations and construct the project, all under a single contract.
Construction for the Cliffdale Road phase can begin as early as July 2017. The phase should be completed by May 1, 2021.
The entire Fayetteville Outer Loop project will be completed by 2025.
Fort Bragg's economic impact in eastern North Carolina is estimated at $11 billion. This makes connectivity and mobility important for the region.
The Outer Loop fulfills multiple aspects of Governor McCrory's 25-Year Vision for transportation in North Carolina. The project plays an essential role in improving regional mobility, encouraging economic development, enhancing freight movement and strengthening military connections that support deployment and national security efforts.
New transportation projects in the state's current 10-year plan are funded through the Strategic Mobility Formula, a new way of more efficiently investing transportation dollars by using a data-driven scoring process along with local input to fund more projects and create more jobs. Governor McCrory championed the new mobility formula and signed it into law in June 2013.