N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract for widening and paving nearly 14 miles of roadway in Orange County.
The $3 million contract was awarded to Barrett, Irvin and Jordan Contractors of Durham. Work can begin as early as March 5, 2012, and is scheduled for completion by Aug. 17, 2012.
Sections of three roadways will be widened two feet on either side to improve safety. After the widening work is complete, the roads will be resurfaced. The following roadways are included in the project:
• A 5-mile section of Old Greensboro Road from the Alamance County line to Carl Durham Road;
• A 1.8-mile section of Smith Level Road from Woodcrest Drive to U.S. 15-501; and
• A 6.8-mile section of Dairyland Road from Orange Grove Road to Old N.C. 86.
This is one of 13 contracts totaling $35.3 million awarded by Conti for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina. NCDOT awarded the contracts to the lowest bidders, as required by state law. The bids received on the projects awarded came in about 6.1 percent, or about $2.3 million, below NCDOT estimates. Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January 2009, NCDOT has awarded 440 highway contracts totaling $3.4 billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to jobs and educational opportunities.
For more information about funding for infrastructure improvements in North Carolina, as well as other NCDOT projects and activities, visit www.ncdot.gov.