NC awarded more than $73 million for highway and bridge projects

Posted by Debra Worley - email

RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - More than $73 million has been awarded for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina.

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.

"All of these projects will help generate new jobs and economic development for North Carolina, as well as improve travel throughout our state," said Gov. Bev Perdue in a statement.

In New Hanover County Barnhill Contracting was awarded the $2.8 million contract, and they say it will help secure local jobs that may have been in jeopardy.

New Hanover County will have 14.8 miles of roadway resurfaced in addition to having work done on U.S. 117 from south of I-140 to I-40, and on U.S. 421 from the Snows Cut Bridge over the intercoastal waterway to Carolina Sands Drive.

Work is scheduled to begin as early as Sept. 8, with final completion by June 25, 2010.

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

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