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DOT Board Approves Road Relocation for FedEx Hub

Posted March 5, 2004 1:48 a.m. EST

— A major road relocation has been approved by the state Board of Transportation in another clearance that helps advance the FedEx cargo hub project.

At its meeting Thursday in Raleigh, the board approved a $44.3 million contract that the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority already awarded to a contractor to relocate a 2-mile section of Bryan Boulevard.

The board had to concur with the contract awarded to Vecellio & Grogan Inc. of Beckley, W.Va., before work can begin on the highway relocation.

The segment of Bryan Boulevard is being moved northwest of its present location to make way for a 9,000-foot runway to accommodate FedEx's fifth national cargo hub.

Work on the road relocation could begin in late March or early April, said airport Executive Director Ted Johnson.

Vecellio & Grogan will have at least 60 to 70 workers involved in the road relocation project, and that doesn't include other people who will be hired by subcontractors, said Project Manager Jim Smith.

Crews for the airport have been grading and installing erosion control since the first of the year on the more than 1,000-acre project site.

Opponents of the controversial project are seeking to stop it through the courts. On Tuesday, a federal judge in Greensboro denied the hub opponents' request for an injunction to halt work.