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DOT awards $31.4M in road projects

Posted August 5, 2010

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— The North Carolina Department of Transportation has announced five road construction projects, including one each in Durham and Orange counties, funded with money from the federal economic stimulus package.

The contracts totaled $31.4 million and came in about $6.5 million below DOT's estimates.

At a cost of $9.5 million, Yates Construction Inc., out of Stokesdale, will begin work Aug. 30 on Weaver Dairy Road in Chapel Hill, adding bike lanes and sidewalks and building a roundabout at the intersection of Old Weaver Dairy Road and Weaver Dairy Road.

The company will also extend nearby Sage Road from Erwin Road so that it lines up with Weaver Dairy Road, the DOT said Thursday.

Work is expected to be complete June 15, 2013.

In Durham County, Rea Contracting, of Charlotte, will begin a $4.2 million project to help relieve congestion on Hillandale Road.

Crews will grade, drain, pave and add signaling to a one-mile stretch of Hillandale Road, which will be widened to a four-lane, median-divided roadway from Front Street through Carver Street and transition back to a two-lane road near Cammie Street.

Work is expected to be complete June 15, 2012.

The DOT also awarded contracts for projects not funded by federal stimulus money in Beaufort, Columbus and Harnett counties.

According to the Federal Highway Association, every $1 million spent on transportation creates 30 jobs, and according to the construction industry, every $1 invested in transportation generates $76 in economic impact.

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  • town guy Aug 6, 2010

    People complain because they can't see any results of the stimulus. But now, when they can see it, they complain that it's some plot to promote illegal immigration.
    there's no pleasing these people!

  • tarheel4life Aug 6, 2010

    "More stimulus money for Mexico, Guatemala, etc..."

    Lol you seriously believe this? So all people who work on road projects are non-US citizens/Hispanics, and none of them spend their money in the United States? Keep on living in your bubble of fear and ignorance. I prefer to live on the outside, with all the normal sane types.

  • tarheel4life Aug 6, 2010

    " Is this some kind of hobby for folks over 50 or something? Seriously I pay taxes just like everyone else but I don't have the belief in voting for some magical fairy that is going to greatly reduce or eliminate taxes, I have a life to live and a family to support and a lot worse to worry about."

    Spot on.

    "As for the comments on Illegals the golo demographic is really showing its true colors."

    Of course they are. They're mostly racists, but it's been this way for a long time.

    " Where are the statistics on this? what companies won the contracts and where is the employee data to back up this argument?"

    They never come with data, only speculation and ignorance, all based in fear and hatred.

  • fatchanceimwrong Aug 6, 2010

    As the unemployed Americans drive to interview after interview trying to find a way to put food on the table, be sure and smile back at the hispanics working on the roads as you curse the gov't because they are smiling at you.

  • cjw6105 Aug 6, 2010

    Agree with pbjbeach's comments. And if officials were interested in this stimulus money going into the pockets of citizens only, non-citizens would be precluded from these jobs. I don't think these people who work these jobs will make as low as minumum wage, but having worked at temp state jobs myself, the pay certainly won't attract many workers, let alone good ones. More stimulus money for Mexico, Guatemala, etc...

  • dhamma Aug 5, 2010

    It always amazes me the people who whine and complain about how tax dollars are spent. They act as if it is their own personal bank account. They also seem to be under the impression that they have some form of control over what the government does with tax money. Is this some kind of hobby for folks over 50 or something? Seriously I pay taxes just like everyone else but I don't have the belief in voting for some magical fairy that is going to greatly reduce or eliminate taxes, I have a life to live and a family to support and a lot worse to worry about. As for the comments on Illegals the golo demographic is really showing its true colors. So I guess a majority of the folks that will work on these projects are here illegally? Where are the statistics on this? what companies won the contracts and where is the employee data to back up this argument?

  • nighttrain2010 Aug 5, 2010

    >> Economic impact is a measure of the money rippling through the economy instead of sitting in some rich guys bank account

    Thank you 'Professor' Krugman with the broken window fallacy. It's government hogwash. Let's look at some of the numbers in just this past week we've seen purely on transportation. $500 million for the never to be used train tracks will generate $38 Billion (with a B). Just the $31 million from this current waste will generate 2.3 Billion. So two programs will supposedly generate over $40 Billion in revenue for the state of North Carolina while creating 16,000 jobs. And what will we get? A train no one rides, a roundabout on a rarely traveled road, and some sidewalks.

    Know what else you'll get? A state deeper in debt than before, a governor calling for higher taxes, and a rusty train rail in 20 years. Good luck with that.

  • map1agmachining Aug 5, 2010

    PBJ,
    Just more jobs for the illegals in this country.

    Ding,Ding,Ding Johnny your abosolutly right!

  • drjones74 Aug 5, 2010

    Those jobs are not just the construction company, but the asphalt plant, truck driving subs, erosion subs, etc etc. Economic impact is a measure of the money rippling through the economy instead of sitting in some rich guys bank account. Working class people buy groceries which pays the salaries of cashiers which buy gas to get to work...etc etc.

  • pbjbeach Aug 5, 2010

    Just more jobs for the illegals in this country as that they will be the one to benefit from these contrustion project hirings as that they are the only one that are willing to work in this country for sub-standard wages. so they are the one who get the jobs because contractors an the state ncdot are only seeking people that are willing to work for below mimmium wages. you can get these kind of wages flipping burgers at any burger joint most anywhere an won't have to work nearly as hard an have to endure the heat an the cold either as that burger jobs are indoor kinds of work thank you

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