Contract awarded for Colington Road improvements

Published 10:53 am Sunday, January 16, 2022

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A project to improve a busy and flood-prone road in Dare County will soon be underway with a $20 million contract recently awarded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

The contract, awarded to the Fred Smith Company of Raleigh, includes a variety of safety and operational improvements to Colington Road from its intersection with U.S. 158 to the road’s end near Island Drive. The total length of the project is 4.3 miles.

The contract includes:

  • Pavement resurfacing.
  • Seven-foot wide paved shoulders between Colington Drive and Bermuda Bay Drive to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians.
  • Realignment of several substandard curves.
  • Additional turn lanes.
  • Raising the grade on flood-prone sections of the road and other drainage improvements to reduce the frequency and severity of flooding incidents.
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Under the terms of the contract, work can begin on the project as early as February, with all substantial roadwork completed by the fall of 2023. Final completion of the project is scheduled for the spring of 2024.