DOT to resurface parts of U.S. 15/401

RALEIGH –The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to resurface nearly 40 miles of roads in Hoke and Scotland counties.

Improvements will include a combined 19.4 miles of U.S. 401 Business and N.C. 211 in Hoke County, as well as 13.7 miles over four sections of U.S. 15/401 in Scotland County. A secondary road in each county will also see work.

Work can begin as early as August 3 and should wrap by June 30, 2016.

The project will involve asphalt surface treatment, a part of NCDOT’s yearly resurfacing for roadway preservation. Pavement preservation is like changing the oil in your car, as basic maintenance can help avoid more expensive repairs later. It’s important to make minor improvements to good roads regularly because it delays major road repairs that are much more costly, time-consuming and disruptive to motorists. The contractor crews will repair cracked or weathered pavement, which will extend the life of the roads, reduce further maintenance needs and increase motorist comfort and mobility.

Barnhill Contracting of Rock Mount is the contractor for the estimated almost $7 million project. The contract was awarded to the lowest bidder as required by state law.

This is one of 21 road and bridge projects recently awarded by the Department of Transportation. The contracts were awarded to the lowest qualified bidder, as required by state law. They are worth $229.3 million, which is $9.1 million below NCDOT engineers’ estimated cost.

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