NC DOT awards contracts worth $12.8 million to resurface Jackson County highways

The North Carolina Department of Transportation recently awarded 39 contracts totaling $203.2 million for highway and bridge projects across the state. Among them are:

• a contract to resurface 3.5 miles of U.S. 23/441 in Jackson County. The section to be resurfaced extends from Grasshopper Road near Dillsboro to Tatham Road in Savannah. The $5.6 million project contract was awarded to Harrison Construction Company, a division of APAC-Atlantic, of Knoxville, Tenn.

• a contract to resurface 5 miles of U.S. 23/74 in Jackson County. The section to be resurfaced extends from U.S. 23 Business to Darkridge Road in Sylva. The $7.2 million project contract was awarded to Harrison Construction Company, a division of APAC-Atlantic, of Knoxville, Tenn.

Work on these projects may begin as early as April 15 and is scheduled for completion by Oct. 15. The resurfacing operations, DOT says, will extend the lifespan of the pavement, improve safety and provide a smoother ride for motorists.

The bids received on the 39 projects awarded came in about 2.9 percent, or about $6.2 million, below its estimates, according to NCDOT.

Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 511 highway contracts totaling $3.8 billion.

About Jeff Fobes
As a long-time proponent of media for social change, my early activities included coordinating the creation of a small community FM radio station to serve a poor section of St. Louis, Mo. In the 1980s I served as the editor of the "futurist" newsletter of the U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, a professional/academic group with a global focus and a mandate to act locally. During that time, I was impressed by a journalism experiment in Mississippi, in which a newspaper reporter spent a year in a small town covering how global activities impacted local events (e.g., literacy programs in Asia drove up the price of pulpwood; soybean demand in China impacted local soybean prices). Taking a cue from the Mississippi journalism experiment, I offered to help the local Green Party in western North Carolina start its own newspaper, which published under the name Green Line. Eventually the local party turned Green Line over to me, giving Asheville-area readers an independent, locally focused news source that was driven by global concerns. Over the years the monthly grew, until it morphed into the weekly Mountain Xpress in 1994. I've been its publisher since the beginning. Mountain Xpress' mission is to promote grassroots democracy (of any political persuasion) by serving the area's most active, thoughtful readers. Consider Xpress as an experiment to see if such a media operation can promote a healthy, democratic and wise community. In addition to print, today's rapidly evolving Web technosphere offers a grand opportunity to see how an interactive global information network impacts a local community when the network includes a locally focused media outlet whose aim is promote thoughtful citizen activism. Follow me @fobes

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