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June 15, 2019

New Surface Coming to Franklin Roads

About 15.9 miles of road on two state and federal highways, plus six other secondary roads will be repaved in Macon County.

The N.C. Department of Transportation awarded an $11 million contract to Harrison Construction Company Division of APAC-Atlantic Inc. of Knoxville, Tenn. The asphalt will be repaved on these routes:

• About 6.2 miles northbound on Sylva Road (U.S. 23N/441N/64W) between Roller Mill Road bridge and Brendle Road;
• About 6 miles southbound on Sylva Road (U.S. 23S/441S/64E) between Brendle Road and Roller Mill Road bridge;
• About 0.4 miles eastbound on Highlands Road (U.S. 64/ N.C. 28 East) between Thomas and Rogers roads;
• About 0.4 miles westbound on Highlands Road (U.S. 64/ N.C. 28 West) between Rogers and Thomas roads.

The Department awarded the contract in June 2018, and construction may start in August. The contractor has until Oct., 2019 to complete the projects.

This was one of 25 road and bridge contracts recently awarded by the NCDOT. Per state law, they went to the lowest qualified bidder on each project. The contracts are worth nearly $630 million.

About The Author

Andy has worked in broadcasting around Western North Carolina over the last 17 years. He serves as the Operations Manager and Program Director for WRGC and WBHN. “I’ve been with the crew here at Five Forty Broadcasting since the idea of bringing the station back to Jackson County at 540-AM. I feel a personal connection with community radio and the area”. In the past, Andy has worked with iHeart Media and Sky Country Broadcasting. He resides in Haywood County.

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