The money will be spent to pay for the widening, milling, resurfacing and shoulder reconstruction of 10.8 miles of westbound U.S. 74 from Wadesboro to the Union County line.
A $3 million contract was awarded to Barnhill Contracting Co. of Tarboro. Construction can begin as early as April 5, 2010, and is expected to be finished by July 2, 2010.
This project is in addition to the ongoing $30 million improvements to Highway 218 in Anson and Union counties.
“We need better roads and we need good jobs. This investment helps with both,” Rep. Pryor Gibson said. “It will be money well-spent.”
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.
For more information about funding for infrastructure improvements in North Carolina, as well as other NCDOT projects and activities, visit www.ncdot.gov.