September 19, 2012

Meriden's Lane to widen NC highway for $83.3M

Meriden roadbuilder Lane Construction Corp. won an $83.3 million North Carolina contract to widen 9.2 miles of a congested stretch of interstate highway in Charlotte, The Mecklenburg (N.C.) Times reports.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) said Lane's bid was the lowest to widen I-485 to six lanes between I-77 and Rea Road in south Charlotte, the paper said on its Web site.

Work could begin as early as Oct. 1 but the contract calls for the expansion to be done by December 2014.

I-485, on which an average of more than 121,000 vehicles a day are driven — making it one of the most congested roadways in the state — will be widened from four lanes, NCDOT said.

The other bidders, and their bid amounts, according to NCDOT: Blythe Construction ($91.6 million) and ABR-BBII ($108.6 million).

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