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Stimulus to finance $48M in highway projects

Posted April 29, 2009

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— The state Department of Transportation has used $48.6 million in federal stimulus money in awarding eight contracts for highway projects.

“These additional recovery projects will provide more new opportunities for companies and communities across North Carolina,” Transportation Secretary Gene Conti said in a statement. “Once again, bids came in well below our estimates, which will allow us to stretch our dollars even further than originally anticipated.”

The bids received on the economic recovery projects came in more than 17 percent, or about $10.2 million, below DOT estimates, Conti said. Work on all contracts will start in early to mid-June.

The following projects are included:

  • Resurfacing and shoulder construction along 5.6 miles of the Interstate 440 Beltline between Wake Forest Road and Wade Avenue in Raleigh. The project includes work on the ramps at the Six Forks Road, Glenwood Avenue and Lake Boone Trail exits. The $3.6 million contract was awarded to Rea Contracting LLC of Charlotte. Work is scheduled to begin as early as June 1 and be completed by Oct. 30. Work will be done at night, with no lane closures on the Beltline or its ramps between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Those restrictions will be expanded during the State Fair and other major events held at the RBC Center, Carter-Finley Stadium and the State Fairgrounds.
  • Resurfacing nearly 12 miles of U.S. Highway 64 from the U.S. 64/264 Bypass in Wake and Franklin counties to the Nash County line and three miles of U.S. Highway 264 from the U.S. 264/64 split in Zebulon to the Nash County line. The $5.8 million contract was awarded to S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson. Work is scheduled to begin as early as June 1 and be completed by Nov. 1.
  • Constructing the 2.3-mile Booker Dairy Road Extension in Smithfield from Buffalo Road to U.S. Highway 70. The $14.3 million contract was awarded to S.T. Wooten. Work is set to start as early as June 1, with completion no later than Dec. 31, 2011.
  • Resurfacing 20.9 miles of Interstate 40 from mile marker 348.5 in Sampson County to mile marker 369.4 in Duplin County. The $12.7 million contract was awarded to Barnhill Contracting Co. of Tarboro. Work is scheduled to begin as early as June 8, with completion no later than Nov. 15, 2010.

Other DOT contracts awarded recently include the following area projects:

  • Resurfacing and shoulder construction along a 6.8-mile stretch of I-40 between the Wade Avenue interchange and just east of Interstate 540, as well Wade Avenue between I-40 and the Edwards Mill Road bridge and the ramps at Wade Avenue, Airport Boulevard and Aviation Parkway. The $6 million contract was awarded to Rea Contracting. Work is scheduled to begin as early as June 1 and be completed by May 22, 2010.
  • Resurfacing a 1.4-mile stretch of N.C. Highway 24 in Clinton from west of Airport Road to U.S. Highway 421. The $852,912 contract was awarded to Barnhill Contracting. Work is scheduled to start as early as June 8, and completion will be no later than Nov. 20. The work will be done at night with no lane closures allowed on I-40, its ramps or Wade Avenue between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. The closure restrictions will be expanded until midnight during the State Fair, with expanded hours as well for football games at Carter-Finley Stadium and special events at the stadium, RBC Center and the State Fairgrounds.
  • Replacing the bridge on Manson-Axtell Road over Fishing Creek in Warren County. The $693,500 contract was awarded to Atwell Construction Co. of Greenville. Work is scheduled to begin as early as June 1, with completion by Dec. 31.
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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Apr 30, 2009

    Now if state will force the contractors to hire US Citizens instead of illegal immigrants, this money will actually do some good.

  • aintbackingdwn Apr 30, 2009

    I thought education was your first priority upon coming into office Bev....not asphalt and bridges

    Like the commercial says it's the assfault

  • americangirl Apr 29, 2009

    We are going to spend that much money on roads and fire educators, this equals stupid drivers!!

  • What if_I could Apr 29, 2009

    People laughed at the Governor of South Carolina when he would not take the stimulus money. He will be laughing in a couple of years when all this money has to be repaid. There is nothing free. The top priorities in the State of North Carolina are warped!!!! We will pave a road instead of keeping teachers jobs and trying to fix the education system. Oh, that is right, hire an assistance to the new CEO of Public Schools.

  • Gnathostomata Apr 29, 2009

    As usual, Raleigh and surrounding Raleigh gets to pave and repave and expand while the rest of the state goes on and on with pot holes and congestion and wrecks from drivers with no where to pass or pull off when one is coming at you...and don't even start on the bridges that need to be replaced from old age. Of course, they have lasted longer than anything that is built to replace them...

  • unaffiliated_voter Apr 29, 2009

    "Resurfacing and shoulder construction along a 6.8-mile stretch of I-40 between the Wade Avenue interchange and just east of Interstate 540"

    That section desperately needs an additional lane to eliminate the bottlenecks around the I-440/US 1 interchange in the morning and from NC 54 westward in the late afternoons. Repaving is not enough. I drive that stretch of road frequently and don't recall it really needing repaving...just an additional lane!

  • ts807 Apr 29, 2009

    And what is the point of all this?

  • whatelseisnew Apr 29, 2009

    Ah don't worry, I am sure the kids in first grade and the yet to be born will be more than happy to pay for this love that is being shown to them by the caring lefties.

  • bissette Apr 29, 2009

    Hope NC can get some money for the education system so there will not be any layoffs.

  • da-doo-doo Apr 29, 2009

    Yes, no money for Western Wake. Let's expand, repave, etc. in North Raleigh and Eastern Wake while we in Cary/Apex/Morrisville not only pay for our own highway, but also for all the Fed Pork Package Projects elsewhere.

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