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Transportation Board to Consider Nearly $106M in Contracts

Posted February 5, 2008

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— The N.C. Board of Transportation will consider awarding contracts totaling nearly $106 million for highway improvement projects in 32 counties at its meeting on Thursday in Raleigh.

The contracts are for projects in Alamance, Beaufort, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Chatham, Craven, Dare, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Forsyth, Granville, Henderson, Iredell, Madison, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, Montgomery, Orange, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Rutherford, Scotland, Swain, Union, Wake, Warren and Yancey counties.

Included are contracts to:

  • Construct the final leg of the N.C. 98 Wake Forest Bypass, which spans 1.5 miles from west of Thompson Mill Road (State Road 1923), crossing N.C. 98 Business to U.S. 1 (Capital Boulevard);
  • Widen, resurface and reconstruct the shoulders along 18 sections of secondary roads totaling 28.7 miles in Wake County;
  • Widen, resurface and reconstruct the shoulders on five sections of secondary roads totaling 25.4 miles in Granville County;
  • Mill, resurface and reconstruct the shoulders along two sections of N.C. 42 and one section of N.C. 97 totaling 15.5 miles in Wake County;
  • Add turn lanes on N.C. 41 from west of Snake Road (S.R. 2110) to east of Tar Heel Road (S.R. 1004) in Robeson County;
  • Resurface 15.4 miles of highway in Orange County, including N.C. 54 from the Jones Ferry Bridge to west of Old Fayetteville Road (S.R. 1107) and five sections of secondary roads;
  • Resurface 23.2 miles of highway in Alamance and Orange counties, including two sections of N.C. 49, a section of N.C. 62 and eight sections of secondary roads;
  • Resurface 34.6 miles of highway in Montgomery County, including a section of U.S. 220 North, six sections of N.C. 24/27, two sections of N.C. 109 and three sections of secondary roads;
  • Resurface 26.1 miles of highway in Richmond County, including three sections of U.S. 220, a section each of N.C. 73 and N.C. 177, and 12 sections of secondary roads;
  • Resurface 10.1 miles of highway in Scotland County, including U.S. 401 Business from U.S. 74 Business to U.S. 501 Business and 12 sections of secondary roads;
  • Widen 3.5 miles of N.C. 16 (Old Providence Road) to four lanes from south of Rea Road (S.R. 2948) in Union County to I-485 in Mecklenburg County;
  • Grade, drain and pave one mile of N.C. 10 from Blackburn School to Hickory-Lincolnton Highway (S.R. 1008) in Catawba County. The project will be completed through N.C. Moving Ahead!, a transportation and economic development initiative aimed at making maintenance and modernization improvements across the state;
  • Widen, mill, resurface and reconstruct shoulders along 27.6 miles of highway in Iredell County, including two sections of N.C. 115, one section of U.S. 21 and six sections of secondary roads;
  • Resurface 20.9 miles of highway in Rutherford County, including two sections of U.S. 64/74 Alternate, a section each of U.S. 74 and N.C. 9, and eight sections of secondary roads;
  • Resurface 20.5 miles of highway in Burke County, including three sections of N.C. 18, a section of N.C. 181 and 20 sections of secondary roads;
  • Resurface 15.1 miles of highway in Buncombe County, including two sections of U.S. 19/23, a section each of U.S. 19/23 Business and U.S. 70, and eight sections of secondary roads;
  • Resurface 11 miles of highway in Madison County, including U.S. 25 and U.S. 70 from Stokley Hollow Road (S.R. 1208) to N.C. 209, N.C. 63 from north of Clarks Branch Road (S.R. 1100) to south of Marrow Branch Road (S.R. 1190) and four sections of secondary roads;
  • Resurface and reconstruct the shoulder along 16.9 miles of highway in McDowell County, including N.C. 183 from U.S. 221 to the Burke County line, N.C. 226 from the Rutherford County line to Vein Mountain (S.R. 1802) and eight sections of secondary roads;
  • Widen and resurface 17.5 miles of highway in Mitchell and Yancey counties, including a section each of U.S. 19 East, U.S. 19 West and N.C. 197, and nine sections of secondary roads; and
  • Widen and resurface the existing travel lanes of 19 sections of secondary roads totaling 12.4 miles in Henderson County.

In addition, the board will consider awarding contracts for the following bridge work:

  • Replace the existing bridge on N.C. 32 over Broad Creek southeast of Washington in Beaufort County;
  • Replace the existing bridge over Tranter’s Creek at the Beaufort/Pitt County line on Wards Bridge Road (S.R. 1556) in Pitt County and Horse Pen Swamp Road (S.R. 1414) in Beaufort County;
  • Replace the existing bridge on Old U.S. 70 (S.R. 1005) over Bachelor Creek west of New Bern in Craven County;
  • Replace the bridge on Rivermont Road (S.R. 1402) over Nancy Rhodes Creek between Cole Mill Road and Rose of Sharon Road in Durham County;
  • Replace the bridge on Wise-Five Forks Road (S.R. 1306) over Six Pound Creek between Five Forks and Oakville in Warren County;
  • Replace the bridge over Ferrell’s Creek and its approaches on River Road (S.R. 1525) in Chatham County;
  • Replace the Wallburg-High Point Road (S.R. 1741) bridge over Abbott’s Creek in Thomasville;
  • Replace the Wallburg-High Point Road (S.R. 1741) bridge over Spurgeon Creek in Thomasville;
  • Replace the N.C. 801 bridge over Fulton Creek in Davie County;
  • Replace the Mitzpah Church Road (S.R. 1631) bridge over Muddy Creek near Rural Hall in Forsyth County;
  • Replace the N.C. 90 bridge over Lost Cove Creek near Edgemont in Caldwell County;
  • Replace the Whisnant Road (S.R. 1517) bridge over the Yadkin River near Patterson in Caldwell County;
  • Replace the bridge over Canoe Creek and its approaches on Frank Whisnant Road (S.R. 1248) in Burke County;
  • Replace the bridge over Colbert Creek and its approaches on Colbert Creek Road (S.R. 1158) in Yancey County; and
  • Replace the U.S. 19 bridge over the Oconaluftee River in Cherokee.

The board will also consider a contract funded through use of Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicles, commonly referred to as GARVEE bonds, to remove old concrete on the existing pile caps, columns, caps, girders and decks of the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet on N.C. 12 in Dare County and replace it with new concrete.

GARVEE bonds allow the acceleration of federal funding to help finance projects sooner and avoid cost increases due to construction inflation. They were authorized by the N.C. General Assembly in 2005 and are issued by the Office of the State Treasurer.

The board meets at 9 a.m. in Room 150 of the Transportation Building located at the corner of Wilmington and Morgan streets in downtown Raleigh. On Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., board committees will begin meeting in the Transportation Building.

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  • AM is Back to Being Immaculate Feb 5, 2008

    I don't have an opinion on the costs or the projects, just a plea...

    Please plan these better than I-40 construction was planned so that they won't have to be done over and over again!

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Feb 5, 2008

    It's about time that they started making infrastructure improvements! DOT hasn't let out any work in 3 years, and our congested roads are starting to show it. The costs will be offset by higher production from people not having to sit in thier cars all day trying to get to work, or get home!

  • whatelseisnew Feb 5, 2008

    In other words they are going to put the State deeper in debt. Sure wish I had a credit card where I could get everyone in my neighborhood to pay the bill.