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Traffic Relief on the Way for Lake Norman Visitors By Eric Olson

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Rea Construction is in the process of paving this section of Brawley School Road near McKendree Road, looking northeast.

Dozers from English Construction Company are building the on-ramp from Brawley School Road onto northbound I-77. Beyond the on-ramp is the new lane of I-77 that will extend north to the next exit at N.C. 150 (in the far background).

Utility work is ongoing along Brawley School Road in a few places.

Motorists traveling through the Mooresville area of North Carolina to and from Lake Norman have had to deal with a lot of traffic congestion in the last few years as local development activity has dramatically increased. That is particularly true in an area just west of town around the intersection of Interstate 77 and N.C. Highway 150. A new road project is under way now, though, that should ease some of that congestion. The State of North Carolina is overseeing two sections of a planned three-phase construction project, totaling about $48 million, along Brawley School Road, located just southsouthwest of the I-77/N.C. 150 interchange. When both sections currently under way are finished, it is hoped that traffic concerns are lessened in an area of southern Iredell County that has witnessed a lot of commercial and residential development in recent years. The project is located only about 25 mi. north of downtown Charlotte in an area that has become a dynamic place to live, work and play. The Mooresville area has become a popular place to live for people who work in and around Charlotte because of its proximity to Lake Norman. Additionally, local traffic is high in the summer months as vacationers come through on the way to the lake. With that in mind, crews are currently working to widen Brawley School Road from two lanes to a four-lane, divided boulevard; while another crew is building a new interchange at Brawley School Road and I-77. The A section of the project, which crews began working on in November 2008, starts near Lake Norman in a largely residential area of greater Mooresville and runs for 3.8 mi. (6 km) north-northeast along Brawley School Road before entering a commercial district near the intersection with Williamson Road. Charlotte-based Rea Contracting, a division of Lane Construction Corp., is the primary contractor on that part of the project and is doing most of the work itself, including the paving. see I-77 page 2


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A variety of equipment is on hand to smooth the new lanes of Brawley School Road prior to paving, just west of Williamson Road.

Three-Phase, $48M Highway Project to Ease Congestion I-77 from page 1

Some sections of the planned lanes are already finished, while paving is going on in other areas and part of the new roadway is still being leveled in still other areas between Chuckwood Road and Williamson Road. All of the work is going on alongside the busy traffic that flows through the area, which can number up to 30,000 vehicles a day. “We have been initiating a lot of traffic shifts along Brawley School Road in that A section because there a lot of grade elevation changes through there, which makes the work a little difficult,” said John Cook, the NCDOT’s resident engineer on the project. “We are limited on our lane closures due to the high volume of traffic through there, but somewhere around Stutts Road southwest to the lake, we are allowed lane closures from 9 to 3 during the day. From Stutts Road back toward Williamson Road, we can only do lane closures at night.” Work on Section A of the project has moved along pretty smoothly since the spring, Cook said, because the weather has cooperated, something it did not do last fall and winter when the area saw a lot of rain and snow. “In the last couple of months,

especially, we have been able to get a lot of good work in,” he explained. “We have had rain, but we have also had a lot of good hot days to work in.” Cook said that the A section is not an especially big field job, but they are doing a lot of chemical stabilization now and the paving work has ramped up lately. He added that the pace of work tells him that the A section of the project will be completed on time

next July. Work began on the B section in November 2009 and runs east for only 1.2 mi. (1.9 km) from the intersection of Brawley School Road and Williamson Road. This part of the project is the most expensive at roughly $22.6 million due to the fact that it includes all of the I-77 interchange work, as well as two new access lanes of the interstate between Brawley School Road and N.C. 150. In addition,

there is a small bridge to be built over a creek just west of I-77. Brawley School Road will continue across I-77 as a four-lane road before reverting back to a two-lane for a short distance to U.S. Highway 21, southwest of Mooresville. The third section of the project is supposed to expand that part of Brawley School Road to four lanes, too, but it has not yet been funded by the state, Cook said.

English Construction Company is using cranes to put the pilings in place for the new bridge over I-77, with the current Brawley School Road overpass visible in the background.

Crews from English Construction Company Inc., based in Lynchburg, Va., are coordinating the work on Section B. They have recently driven the piles for the new interchange at I-77, which will bring traffic across the interstate in an X pattern with two lanes heading both east and west. A traffic signal will help move traffic across the overpass and onto the on and off ramps. The new Brawley School Road interchange will be Exit 35 on I-77. “We will build the south side of the new bridge first, switch traffic over to that, tear down the old bridge and then build the second half of the bridge,” Cook reported. Work also is progressing on the construction of a new lane on each side of the interstate running from the future Exit 35 north to Exit 36, which is N.C. 150. The widening of Brawley School Road in Section B is not yet to the point where any paving has been done, but when it is time to do so, English has subbed the work to Maymead Corp., based in Mountain City, Tenn. Plans currently call for Section B to be finished by July 1, 2013. (This story also can be found on Construction Equipment Guide’s Web site at www.constructionequipmentguide.com.) CEG


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N.C. County OKs Bid for 400-Worker Caterpillar Plant WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) North Carolina officials are assembling a package of tax breaks and other incentives worth up to $75 million to lure a new Caterpillar Inc. factory that would employ nearly 400 workers. At stake is a proposed $426 million factory where Caterpillar would manufacture and test earthmoving and agricultural equipment. The plant would employ about 390 as well as about 120 contract workers, the WinstonSalem Journal reported. Forsyth County’s board of commissioners voted unanimously July 12 to offer Caterpillar $10.2 million in incentives. The state Commerce Department would not confirm any discussions business recruiters were having with any particular company. “The kinds of companies that we’re competing for are very good employers that create quality jobs and restore tax breaks in our communities,” Deputy Commerce Secretary Dale Carroll told The Associated Press. Winston-Salem is competing with

Montgomery, Ala., and Spartanburg, S.C., for the plant the heavy-equipment maker would build on 100 acres beside the ill-fated Dell Inc. computer-assembly plant, the newspaper reported. Dell chose the site in 2004, lured by more than $300 million in incentives in exchange for a pledge to create at least 1,500 jobs. Four years after opening, Dell announced it would close the plant, putting 900 people out of work. Most state incentives were never paid, and Dell refunded local governments their $26 million in upfront payments. Since then, Dell has postponed the plant’s closing date four times, pushing it into next year. Winston-Salem and Forsyth County are requiring Caterpillar to meet capital-investment and job thresholds or pay back incentives — a lesson learned after the experience with Dell. Winston-Salem’s share of the incentives package would be about $13.4 million. The city also would seek $1 million from the Golden Leaf Foundation to buy manufactur-

ing equipment that the city would lease to Caterpillar. The state-created foundation is responsible for distributing half of the $4.6 billion North Carolina is expected to receive from cigarette companies to help areas hurt by the tobacco industry’s decline. Caterpillar may be one of several companies with well-known names considering North Carolina for expansion. Lawmakers recently passed a series of tax breaks and other incentives sought by companies that recruiters want to bring to North Carolina. They included special accommodations for data centers, film and television producers, an energy turbine manufacturer and a plant converting wood pulp to paper. Hours before adjourning around dawn July 10, lawmakers unveiled a last-minute offering that would give 15 years of special tax treatment for an unnamed company promising to invest $500 million in one of the poorest counties and commit to the deal within the next two months. Advocates argue that the size of incentives are dwarfed by the revenues new busi-

ness creates with its payroll, property taxes and local economic dynamism. But research into corporate decision-making indicates incentives may play a role only in tipping otherwise roughly balanced scales after executives decide the best combination of location, investment climate, transportation routes, work force and living standards, said Andrew Brod, an economist at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. “It’s very hard to conclude that if a company that is getting incentives from State X wouldn’t have gone to State X anyway,” Brod said. On the other hand, offering incentives to lure companies gives politicians the chance to claim credit at little risk they’ll be blamed for a deal that falls short of its promise, Brod said. “It’s very important for them, especially in times like this, to appear to be doing something,” Brod said. “It’s easy to do something whose rewards and benefits are hard to assess than to just do nothing.”

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The South Carolina State Department of Transportation received bids for transportation-related improvement projects. Following is a list of some of the projects let. These results are from bid tabulations, which are not final results and are subject to change. County: Richland S.C. File No.: 40.03665A. Project: Road work including North Main Street (U.S. 21) improvements from Fuller Avenue and (PH 1B) to Fairfield Road (U.S. 321). Distance: 0.743 mi. Contractors and Bid Amounts: • United Infrastructure Group Inc., Great Falls, S.C. — $6,131,362. • U.S. Group Inc., Columbia, S.C. — $6,475,156. • AOS Specialty Contractors Inc., Columbia, S.C. — $6,501,899. • Eagle Construction Co. Inc., Newberry, S.C. — $6,521,742. • C.R. Jackson Inc., Columbia, S.C. — $7,110,259.

• Cherokee Inc., Columbia, S.C. — $7,138,957. • L-J Inc., Columbia, S.C. — $7,328,692. Completion Date: April 30, 2012. County: Union S.C. File No.: 44.0302077. Project: Road work including resurfacing on S-261 (Wildcat Road) from S.C. 49 to S-262. Distance: 1.352 mi. Contractors and Bid Amounts: • Sloan Construction Co. Inc., Duncan, S.C. — $1,831,626. • F & R Asphalt Inc., Easley, S.C. — $1,846,475. Completion Date: Oct. 31, 2010. County: Spartanburg S.C. File No.: 42.104B. Project: Intersection improvement project on S.C. 292 (Lyman Road) to S-52 (New Cut Road). Distance: 0.641 mi.

Contractors and Bid Amounts: • Larry Green Grading Inc., Duncan, S.C. — $1,056,748. • S & S Construction Inc. of Anderson, Anderson, S.C. — $1,106,804. • Eagle Construction Co. Inc., Newberry, S.C. — $1,119,407. • U.S. Group Inc., Columbia, S.C. — $1,187,124. • F & R Asphalt Inc., Easley, S.C. — $1,192,304. • United Infrastructure Group Inc., Great Falls, S.C. — $1,202,163. • Sloan Construction Co. Inc., Duncan, S.C. — $1,207,059. Completion Date: Nov. 30, 2010. County: Anderson S.C. File No.: 4.160B. Project: Intersection improvements of S.C. 28 and S-141. Distance: 0.554 mi. Contractors and Bid Amounts: • S & S Construction Inc. of Anderson, Anderson, S.C. — $1,009,939. • U.S. Group Inc., Columbia, S.C. —

$1,045,021. • Eagle Construction Co. Newberry, S.C. — $1,060,523. Completion Date: Nov. 30, 2010.

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County: Spartanburg S.C. File No.: 42.036165. Project: Grading, paving, widening on S.C. 9 (Phase I) from 0.14 mi. northwest of S-74 (River Oak Road) to Fagans Creek Drive. Distance: 2.43 mi. Contractors and Bid Amounts: • Taylor & Murphy Construction Co. Inc., Asheville, N.C. — $5,916,650. • Eagle Construction Co. Inc., Newberry, S.C. — $6,103,999. • U.S. Group Inc., Columbia, S.C. — $6,357,475. • Sloan Construction Co. Inc., Duncan, S.C. — $6,826,490. • Triangle Grading and Paving Inc., Burlington, N.C. — $8,815,402. Completion Date: Aug. 31, 2012.


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