N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract for widening and paving 9.5 miles of N.C. 197 from U.S. 19/23 (future I-26) to North Fork Road in Barnardsville in Buncombe County.
The $2.3 million project contract was awarded to the Asheville Division of APAC-Atlantic Inc. Work can begin as early as Sept. 26 and is scheduled for completion by June 30, 2012.
N.C. 197 is a two-lane road that is being widened one to two feet on either side to improve safety. After the widening, the road will be resurfaced.
This is one of seven contracts totaling $34.5 million recently awarded by Conti 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 6.4 percent, or about $12 million, below NCDOT estimates.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, every $1 million spent on transportation creates 30 jobs, and according to the construction industry, every dollar invested in transportation generates $6 in economic impact.Read the full article