Winston-Salem - The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $2.2 million contract for preservation work on a portion of highway from I-85 from Jake Alexander Boulevard to South of U.S. 52 (Innes Street) in Salisbury.
Work on the 1-mile section of the project can start as early as April 25. Work should be completed with all lanes open to traffic, by October 2016.
"This is a vital section of I-85 in North Carolina and the preservation work being done as part of this project will help ensure the highway and bridges will last for decades to come," said Division 9 Engineer Pat Ivey.
"Projects like this go a long way in helping to preserve the taxpayer's investment in road and bridge projects in North Carolina," said Division 9 Board Member Jake Alexander.
The $2.2 million contract was awarded to J.T. Russell & Sons out of Albemarle.
For the safety of the workers, as well as motorists and their passengers, NCDOT encourages drivers to pay extra attention, and allow extra time to reach their destinations safely.
Road, bridge, and other transportation improvement projects like this one are currently underway across the state as part of Governor McCrory's 25-Year Transportation Vision to enhance travel safety and to better connect North Carolinians to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation opportunities.
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. The new mobility formula was passed into law in 2013 under Governor McCrory's leadership.