Road improvements to start in Bladen, Columbus counties

RALEIGH – More than 48 miles of roads in Bladen and Columbus counties will see improvements, thanks to a $6.1 million contract awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation.

The contract awarded Barnhill Contracting Co. of Rocky Mount includes improvements for nearly 20 miles of N.C. 31, N.C. 53, N.C. 210 and N.C. 410 in Bladen County, along with almost 18 miles of N.C. 214 and 10 miles of secondary roads in Columbus County.

Road improvement projects like these are currently underway across the state as part of Gov. Pat McCrory’s 25-year “Transportation Vision” to enhance travel safety and to better connect North Carolinians to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation opportunities.

The work on this project calls for resurfacing, widening lanes and reconstructing shoulders. Milling and resurfacing improves ride quality on the road, as well as creates traction, which is especially important during rainy and snowy weather. Shoulder reconstruction restores the road shoulder back to its original condition, enabling it to serve as a refuge for motorists in the event of an emergency. Road widening gives motorists additional room to maneuver.

Work on this project is scheduled to begin as soon as June 27, and should be completed by July 30, 2017. This work will require some lane closures but no detours are proposed at this time. Because they are commuter routes, lanes will not be closed between 7 and 9 a.m., and 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday on N.C. 131 between N.C. 211 Bypass and N.C. 410, N.C. 410-A between N.C. 131 and New Hope Road, and N.C. 410-B between New Hope Road and N.C. 87.

NCDOT reminds motorists to stay alert when approaching and traveling through the work zones, and to obey the posted speed limit.

This was one of 16 road and bridge projects recently awarded by the NCDOT, worth $96 million, $3 million less than projected in engineer’s esimates.

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