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Work costing $12.3 million to resurface more than 76 miles of roadways in six mountain counties and replace bridges in Madison County could begin as early as March, according to press releases issued Tuesday by the N.C. Department of Transportation.

Road and bridge improvements costing $12.3 million and spanning six mountain counties could begin as soon as March. Angie Newsome/Carolina Public Press

The projects are among a statewide total of $82.6 million issued to 30 contracts. “NCDOT awarded the contracts to the lowest bidders, as required by state law,” the releases said. “The bids received on the projects awarded came in about 8 percent, or about $7.2 million, below NCDOT estimates.”

Here are details from the press releases, including which company earned the contract, for funded projects in Buncombe, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford and Yancey counties.

Buncombe County

N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to resurface almost 20 miles of roads in Buncombe County.

The $3.6 million contract was awarded to Harrison Construction Company, a division of APAC-Atlantic, of Knoxville, Tenn. Work can begin as early as March 15 and is scheduled for completion by Oct. 15.

The project includes resurfacing and shoulder reconstruction along:

  • 1 mile of U.S. 25/Hendersonville Road near the I-40 intersection in Asheville;
  • 0.6 miles of U.S. 74-A from U.S. 70 to N.C. 81 in Asheville;
  • 0.1 miles of N.C. 151 south of U.S. 19/23/74 in Candler;
  • 1 mile of N.C. 9 south of the Blue Ridge Parkway intersection in Black Mountain;
  • 1.2 miles of N.C. 191/Brevard Road near the Blue Ridge Parkway intersection in Asheville;
  • 0.8 miles of Weaver Blvd from U.S. 19/23 to U.S. 19/23 Business/Main Street in Weaverville;
  • 2 miles of Lake Eden Road from Old US 70 to End of Maintenance at Lake Eden;
  • 1 mile of Rose Hill Road from Bee Ridge Road to Merrill’s Cove Road in Reynolds;
  • 1.9 miles of Monta Vista Road from Acton Circle to Holcombe Cove Road in Enka;
  • 0.8 miles of Candler School Road from Old US 19/23 south to the railroad tracks in Candler;
  • 4.3 miles of Old Weaverville Highway parallel to US 19/23 near Flat Creek;
  • 1.4 miles of N. Turkey Creek from N.C. 63 to Earleys Mountain Road near Leicester; and
  • 3.6 miles of Dillingham Road from N.C. 197 to S.R. 2178 near Dillingham south of Barnardsville.

Madison County

N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded two contracts totaling more than $2.1 million for road improvements in Madison County. These include:

  • A $1.5 million contract to resurface 9 miles of roads, awarded to Rogers Group, Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia. Work can begin as early as March 15 and is scheduled for completion by Oct. 15.

The roads to be resurfaced include:

  • 3.6 miles of N.C. 213 from Grapevine Road to the western city limits of Mars Hill;
  • 1.8 miles of N.C. 213 from US 25/70 to Silver Mill Road near Marshall;
  • 0.7 miles of N.C. 213 from the eastern city limits of Mars hill to Calvin Edney;
  • 0.5 miles of U.S. 25/70 Business from Redmon Road to Walnut Creek Road in Marshall;
  • 2.8 miles of Big Laurel Road from Spill Corn Road to Walnut Creek Road near Big Laurel.
  • A $632,459 contract to replace the bridges over Middle Fork Creek and Crooked Creek on Crooked Creek Road in Mars Hill, awarded to Miller Engineering Company Inc. of Marion. These bridges were constructed in 1964 and need to be replaced due to their age and condition. Work can begin as early as March 15 and is scheduled for completion by Dec. 31.

McDowell County

N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to resurface 16 miles of roads in McDowell County.

The $2.3 million contract was awarded to Maymead Inc. of Mountain City, Tenn. Work can begin as early as March 15 and is scheduled for completion by Oct. 15.

The project includes resurfacing and shoulder reconstruction along:

  • 0.3 miles of U.S. 70 East/Logan Street from U.S. 221 Business/Main Street to South Logan Street in Marion;
  • 3.7 miles of U.S. 221 south of the Burke County line near Linville Falls;
  • 2.9 miles of N.C. 126 from Nebo to the Burke County line near Lake James;
  • 0.09 miles of South Logan Street from U.S. 70 to Sugar Hill Road in Marion;
  • 1.7 miles of Biggerstaff Loop from Drucilla Church Road to pavement change near Dysartville;
  • 3.6 miles of Landis Lane from N.C. 226 to Vein Mountain Road near Dysartville; and
  • 3.7 miles Little Creek Road from Mt. Hebron Road to Catawba Ave. near Moffit Hill.

Mitchell County

N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to resurface 7.5 miles of roads in Mitchell County.

The $997,267 project contract was awarded to Maymead Inc. of Mountain City, Tenn. Work can begin as early as March 15 and is scheduled for completion by Oct. 15.

The project includes resurfacing and shoulder reconstruction along:

  • 2 miles of N.C. 226-A from N.C. 80 to N.C. 226 in Loafers Glory;
  • 0.5 miles of N.C. 226 from the southern city limits of Bakersville to Cane Creek Road;
  • 1.6 miles of N.C. 226 from Orchard Road to NC 226-A near Ledger;
  • 1 mile of McKinney Mine Road from pavement change to Crabtree Creek Road near Little Switzerland;
  • 0.7 miles of Hughes Gap Road near Buladean;
  • 0.5 miles of Bear Creek Road from N.C. 226 to Buchanan Road near Ledger; and
  • 1.3 miles of Buchanan Road from Bear Creek Road to south of Laurel Cove Road near Ledger.

Rutherford County

N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to resurface almost 14 miles of roads in Rutherford County.

The $2.2 million project contract was awarded to Harrison Construction Company, a division of APAC-Atlantic, of Knoxville, Tenn. Work can begin as early as March 15 and is scheduled for completion by Oct. 15.

The project includes resurfacing and shoulder reconstruction along 7 miles of U.S. 74 from the Polk County line to U.S. 221; as well as the following sections of roads:

  • 1 mile of Holler Road from Ruff Road to Frog Creek Road near Westminster;
  • 1 mile of Salem Church Road from Harvey Logan Road to Depriest Road near Washburn;
  • 1.3 miles of Brick Store Road from U.S. 221 to Stonecutter Road near Spindale;
  • 2.6 miles of Old Spindale Road from U.S. 221-A Grover Scruggs Road near Cliffside; and
  • 0.9 miles of Old Spindale Road from Henrietta Road to Allen Drive near Chase Middle School.

Yancey County

N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to resurface 10 miles of roads in Yancey County.

The $1.1 million project contract was awarded to Maymead Inc. of Mountain City, Tenn. Work can begin as early as March 15 and is scheduled for completion by Oct. 15.

The project includes resurfacing and shoulder reconstruction along:

  • 4.4 miles of N.C. 197 South beginning at the Buncombe County line between Cane River Gap and Murchison;
  • 2.2 miles of N.C. 80 South from the Blue Ridge Parkway at the McDowell County line to South Toe River Road near Busick;
  • 1.4 miles of Jacks Creek Road from John Henry Road to Sheriff Anglin Road near Burnsville; and
  • 2 miles of Bald Mountain Road north of U.S. 19 East near the Tennessee border.

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

Angie Newsome

Angie Newsome is the executive director and editor of Carolina Public Press. Contact her at (828) 774-5290 or e-mail her at anewsome@carolinapublicpress.org.

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