Raleigh - More than 42 miles of roads in Chatham County will see improvements, thanks to a $7.4 million contract awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation.
The contract awarded to S.T. Wooten Corporation of Wilson includes work on a 2.8-mile section of U.S. 64 West between Renaissance Drive and Hillside Dairy Road, 4.7 miles of U.S. 421 between N.C. 902 and near Carter Brooks Road, and 7.9 miles over three sections of N.C. 87 near the Alamance County line. Improvements will also be made to 27 miles over 18 sections of secondary roads.
Road 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.
The work on this project calls for resurfacing, widening lanes and reconstructing shoulders. Milling and resurfacing improves ride quality on the road, as well as creates traction, which is especially important during rainy and snowy weather. Shoulder reconstruction restores the road shoulder back to its original condition, enabling it to serve as a refuge for motorists in the event of an emergency. Road widening gives motorists additional room to maneuver.
Work on this project is scheduled to begin as soon as August 8, and should be completed by June 30, 2017. The contractor cannot close or narrow a lane of traffic on Hampstone Road and River Road between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. as well as 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. while school is in operation.
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.
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