Contracts totaling $54.5M awarded for NC road projects

Raleigh, NC - RALEIGH, NC (WMBF) - North Carolina Transportation Secretary Gene Conti announced Wednesday that 11 contracts totaling $54.5 million have been awarded for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina.

The NCDOT awarded the contracts to the lowest bidders, as required by state law.

"These varied projects will improve the quality of transportation throughout [North Carolina]," Conti said. "They also provide much needed jobs and an economic boost."

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.

The recovery project is located in Buncombe and Madison counties. The 10 other projects are located in Beaufort, Brunswick, Craven, Gaston, Henderson, Macon, Scotland, Union and Wake counties.

One other project, to realign Morehead Road near Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, will be awarded if the low bidder demonstrates that it has met "good faith effort" requirements in attempting to reach the disadvantaged business enterprise goals set forth in the contracts.

The bids received on all 11 projects advertised came in 9 percent, or about $5.4 million, below NCDOT estimates.

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