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DOT awards $31.4M in road projects

Posted August 5, 2010 3:23 p.m. EDT

— 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.