DOT awards $96.2M contract for Hwy 220 widening project

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded $96.2 million contract to a construction company selected to widen a section of U.S. 220 across Guilford and Rockingham counties.

The 13.2-mile widening project will stretch across Hwy 220 from Horsepen Creek Road in Guilford County to the intersection at N.C. 68 in Rockingham County.  The project will widen the section of Hwy 220 from two lanes to four with a median.

Work on the project is set to start April 2.  It will be complete by Dec. 16, 2016, officials said.

DOT officials said they hope the project will also help with economic development in western Rockingham County by allowing for easier access to the Piedmont Triad International Airport.

A section of this widening project — from the existing U.S. 220 in Rockingham County to the area around the Haw River north of Summerfield — will be constructed as a part of future I-73, which is slated to open in April 2014.

The contract was awarded to Tetra Tech Construction, Inc. of Mayfield, N.Y.