SYLVA, NC—The North Carolina Department of transportation recently awarded a $33.8 million contract to rehab a 15-mile stretch of I-40 in the Pigeon River gorge.

Harrison Construction was awarded the contract, which will consist of several construction items including: milling the existing asphalt, removing pavement failures, adding a new layer of asphalt and long-lasting pavement markings from the Tennessee-North Carolina state line to mile marker 15.

Also included in the scope of work for the project includes replacement of existing guardrails and the media barrier wall from the state line to the tunnel at mile marker 4.

The work will be performed in conjunction of the replacement of drainage structures throughout the project and the resurfacing of the eastbound rest area near mile marker 7.

“Work my commence in April and shall be completed by June 2021,” a release from NCDOT said. “Next winter, traffic will be shifted into a pattern with one lane headed in each direction from January to March in order to replace the median barrier.”

The project is one of 21 projects recently awarded by NCDOT.

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