Transportation Secretary Gene Conti announced today that five contracts totaling $31.4 million have been awarded for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina, including two projects funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The N.C. Department of Transportation awarded the contracts to the lowest bidders, as required by state law.
The recovery projects are located in Durham and Orange counties. The three other projects are located in Beaufort, Columbus and Harnett counties.
The bids received on all five projects advertised came in 17.1 percent, or about $6.5 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.
The Beaufort County project involves widening and resurfacing 12.6 miles of U.S. 264 east of Washington in Beaufort County from N.C. 32 to Yeatesville Road (S.R. 1718).
A $3.8 million contract was awarded to Greenville Paving and Contracting Inc. of Greenville. The project is scheduled to begin as early as Aug. 30 and be completed by Aug. 15, 2011.