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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to resurface nearly 47 miles of roads in Bladen and Columbus counties. These sections include 12 miles of N.C. 53 and nine miles of N.C. 210 in Bladen County, and 7.4 miles of N.C. 410, as well as parts of 12 secondary roads in Columbus County.

The work will include widening, milling, resurfacing and shoulder reconstruction. Crews can start as early as July 27, and work is anticipated to be complete by August 2016.

The project will involve asphalt surface treatment. This work is part of NCDOT’s yearly resurfacing for roadway preservation. Pavement preservation is like changing the oil in your car, as basic maintenance can help avoid more expensive repairs later. It’s important to make minor improvements to good roads regularly because it delays major road repairs that are much more costly, time-consuming and disruptive to motorists. The contractor crews will repair cracked or weathered pavement, which will extend the life of the roads, reduce further maintenance needs and increase motorist comfort and mobility.

Barnhill Contracting Company of Rocky Mount is the contractor for the $5.3 million project.

This is one of 21 road and bridge projects recently awarded by the Department of Transportation. The contracts were awarded to the lowest qualified bidder, as required by state law. They are worth $229.3 million, which is $9.1 million below NCDOT engineers’ estimated cost.

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