NCDOT: New infrastructure projects cost less than expected

North Carolina - RALEIGH, NC (WMBF) – New highway and bridge projects in North Carolina will soon be underway and will cost the state less than expected, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Transportation Secretary Gene Conti announced Tuesday that 14 contracts totaling $76.4 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.

"I'm excited to get these much-needed projects under way," Conti said.

The projects are located in Ashe, Burke, Chatham, Cumberland, Graham, McDowell, Moore, Onslow, Randolph, Robeson, Surry, Wilson and Yadkin counties.

The bids received on all 14 projects came in about $7.7 million below NCDOT estimates.

Every $1 million spent on transportation creates 30 jobs, according to the Federal Highway Administration and every dollar invested in transportation generates $6 in economic impact, according to the construction industry.

For more information about funding for infrastructure improvements in North Carolina, as well as other NCDOT projects and activities, visit their website.

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