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Wilson highway contracts awarded

By Staff Reports
Published in News on January 7, 2010 1:46 PM

A Wilson County highway project is among 34 contracts totaling more than $107 million announced Monday by Gov. Bev Perdue.

The contracts awarded for highway and bridge projects across the state include 13 projects funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The contracts were awarded by the Department of Transportation to the lowest bidders, as required by state law.

In Wilson and Nash counties, a $3.9 million stimulus contract was awarded to S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson for resurfacing 12.9 miles of U.S. 264 from the interchange at U.S. 264A to the Wake County line.

As part of this contract, an asphalt overlay will be placed on the road, preserving the life of the pavement, DOT officials said. Work is scheduled to begin as early as March 15, with final completion no later than Oct. 1.

The road will be open to traffic during construction with lane closures in place.

Due to bids on recovery projects coming in under engineer's estimates, this "shovel-ready" contract was able to be awarded through ARRA funds.

The bids received on all 34 projects advertised came in 15 percent, or about $19 million, below DOT estimates.

For more information about funding for infrastructure improvements in North Carolina, as well as other DOT projects and activities, visit www.ncdot.gov.