Raleigh - Drivers will soon improvements on more than 47 miles of roads in Cumberland and Harnett counties, thanks to a $6.7 million contract awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation.
Among the key Cumberland County roads where work will be done are 14 miles of N.C. 210 toward Bladen County, 3 miles of N.C. 242 between Sampson and Bladen counties, and 2 miles of U.S. 401 between N.C. 87 and Raeford Road.
Another 4-mile section of U.S. 401 will see work in Harnett County near Kipling. Improvements are also planned for 8.2 miles of N.C. 87 in Harnett County between N.C. 27 and Cumberland County. In addition, sections of 27 secondary roads are included in the contract.
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.
Johnson Brothers Utility and Paving Company, Inc. of Lillington will be resurfacing, widening lanes and reconstructing shoulders on the roadways. Milling and resurfacing improves ride quality on the road, and helps with traction, which is especially important during rainy and snowy weather. Shoulder reconstruction restores the road shoulder back to its original condition, while road widening gives motorists additional room to maneuver.
Work on this project is scheduled to begin as soon as August 1, and should be completed by June 30, 2017.
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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