RAEFORD – Preparation work for the future project to improve N.C. 211 between Aberdeen and Raeford can begin as early as this month thanks to a contract recently award by the N.C. Department of Transportation.
NCDOT awarded a $15.3 million contract to Fred Smith Company of Raleigh to conduct clearing and grubbing, erosion control, resurfacing and shoulder grading along 15.6 miles of N.C. 211 between U.S. 15-501 in Aberdeen and West Palmer Street/Mockingbird Hill Road in Raeford. This will prepare this stretch for the future widening of N.C. 211.
Build NC Bonds are being used to cover $7 million of the cost of construction for this initial work.
Drivers should expect lane closures along this stretch while this work takes place over the next couple years and be mindful of crews working near the travel lanes.
The larger project, which proposes to widen N.C. 211 to four lanes incorporating a Reduced Conflict Intersection design, is currently scheduled to be awarded in 2024. This project is needed to improve travel times during peak hours, accommodate future growth, improve sight distance and reduce the potential for crashes by restricting left turns.