Wright Brothers Construction wins $43m highway contract in North Carolina

WCN Editorial Team 29 Nov 2019 NORTH AMERICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Wright Brothers Construction has secured a $46.3m contract from North Carolina Department of Transportation for the widening of the NC 69 Highway in Clay County.

The contract involves the widening the highway from the Georgia state line to US 64 near Hayesville. Construction on the project is scheduled to begin on 6 January next year.

The NC 69 highway is a part of the 1965 Appalachian Highway Development System Corridor A, which spans from Interstate 285 near Atlanta to I-40 near Clyde.

The project involves the transformation of the two-lane road into a four-lane road, with a raised median.

The width of the inside lanes will be 12ft while the outside lanes will be 14ft wide to accommodate bicycles. The outside shoulder will be a 10ft berm, which will allow construction of a sidewalk in the future.

Additionally, the median will comprise designated left-turn lanes at U-turn areas and intersections, which are expected to accommodate tractor-trailers and recreational vehicles.

Upon completion, the project is expected to accommodate the increased traffic growth in 2045 and the occurrence of t-bone crashes are expected to decrease.

The state transport department said that the project will meet the anticipated capacity need for expected traffic demands in 2045.

The designed improvements will increase safety for the travelling public by reducing the possibilities for t-bone crashes.

Slated to be completed by March 2024, the road project is ranked as one of the top five priorities according to the Clay County Comprehensive Transportation Plan.

Division 14 engineer Brian Burch said: “We are delighted to begin construction on a project that will improve connections for residents and businesses in Clay County with our friends across North Carolina and in neighbouring Georgia.

“This long-awaited project is a continuation of a commitment to provide a brighter future for western North Carolina.”

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Image: Wright Brothers Construction to widen NC 69 Highway in US. Photo: courtesy of Pexels from Pixabay.

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