Raleigh - More than 18 miles of roads in Lee County, including sections of N.C. 42 and U.S. 1, will see improvements because of a $2.5 million contract awarded by the Department of Transportation.
The contract awarded to S.T. Wooten Corporation of Wilson calls for resurfacing, widening lanes and reconstructing shoulders over 5 1/2 miles of N.C. 42 between Berke Thomas Road and the Chatham County line, as well as a short stretch of U.S. 1 between Bryan Drive and Pendergrass Road.
Similar work will take place over six sections of secondary rounds, covering another 11.8 miles.
Road improvements like this are underway across the state as part of Governor McCrory's 25-Year Transportation Vision. It is intended to enhance travel safety and to better connect North Carolinians to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation opportunities.
Milling and resurfacing improves ride quality on the roads, while shoulder reconstruction restores it to its original condition.
Work can begin as soon as August 15, and should be completed by June 30, 2017. Most work will take place at night to lessen the impact to motorists, as the contractor can't close or narrow a lane on U.S. 1 or N.C. 42 between 6:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. every day.
NCDOT reminds motorists to stay alert when approaching and traveling through the work zones, and to obey the posted speed limit.
This was one of 16 road and bridge projects recently awarded by the NCDOT, worth $96 million, $3 million less than projected in engineer's estimates. The contracts were awarded to the lowest qualified bidders, as required by state law.