RALEIGH — N.C.
Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to widen
a 4.8-mile section of U.S. 158 from Country Club Road to east of N.C. 34 in Belcross.
The $23.4 million contract
that was awarded to Barnhill Contracting Company of Tarboro can begin as early
as April 30 and is scheduled to be completed by May 1, 2015.
widening the current road to a five-lane section with curb and gutter and
replacing traffic signals.
is one of 34 contracts totaling $130.8 million awarded by Conti following
NCDOT’s March contract letting for highway and bridge projects across North
Carolina. NCDOT awarded the contracts to the lowest bidders, as required by
state law. The bids received on the projects awarded came in about 1.4 percent,
or $118.8 million, below NCDOT estimates.
Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 575 highway
contracts totaling $4.1 billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have
access to jobs and educational opportunities.