Clemmons - The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to improve safety by constructing additional lanes along I-40 between west of N.C. 801 in Davie County and to east of Harper Road near the Yadkin River in Forsyth County.
The $72 million project will widen 3.3 miles of I-40 to six lanes from four, replace dual bridges over the Yadkin River and accommodate a future greenway by replacing the Bert's Way roadway bridge over I-40 with a pedestrian bridge.
Flatiron Constructors, Inc. / Blythe Development Company Joint Venture is the contractor for the design-build project. The design-build concept helps complete projects faster and save taxpayer money by allowing the design, environmental permitting, right of way acquisition, utility relocation and construction to take place under one contract. That helps the department avoid cost inflation, lessens environmental impact and helps lessen driving delays for motorists.
Work can begin as early as Aug. 28, with final completion, including landscaping, anticipated for November 2021.
This was one of 16 highway and bridge project contracts recently awarded by the Department of Transportation. They were worth about $204.5 million, which was more than $13 million under DOT estimates.