North Carolina announces $244 million contract for U.S. 64 bypass
The project's design, right-of-way contacts and utility relocation could begin as early as June 29, but most heavy construction will likely wait until next spring. The project is tentatively scheduled to be completed in September 2019.
Earlier this year, NCDOT officials worked with the zoo and local citizens to improve the previously proposed connector, which would have linked up with the N.C. 159 spur. This was objectionable because it would have brought major traffic into the zoo via a winding two-lane road intersected by homeowners’ driveways. After soliciting community feedback and working with zoo officials, NCDOT developed the new proposal, which incorporates aspects of the original and revised designs but moves traffic away from local homeowners.
This work is considered a design-build project, which allows the design, environmental permitting, utility relocation and construction to take place simultaneously under a single contract. This method reduces overall construction time and helps NCDOT avoid cost inflation. The approach also permits the contractor to make innovations that save taxpayers money, reduce environmental impact and alleviate driving delays.