DOT awards $40 million contract to widen High Point Road

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RALEIGH -- N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a $40.1 million contract to the Thompson-Arthur Division of APAC-Atlantic Inc. of Greensboro to widen High Point Road from Groometown Road in Greensboro to Vickery Chapel Road in Jamestown.

The four-mile section of High Point Road will be widened from two lanes to four lanes with a median and will include a new interchange with I-73.

This will be the first Diverging Diamond Interchange in the Greensboro area. A Diverging Diamond Interchange allows two directions of traffic to temporarily cross to the left side of the road, moving a high volume of traffic through an intersection without increasing the number of lanes and traffic signals.

The work can start as early as Oct. 1 and be complete by Nov. 15, 2015. Landscaping and vegetation work may continue until May 13, 2016.

This is one of 18 contracts totaling $205.8 million awarded by Conti in August for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina.

NCDOT awarded the contracts to the lowest bidders, as required by state law. The bids received on the projects awarded came in about 15.4 percent, or $37.4 million, below NCDOT estimates.

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