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DOT will widen U.S. 401 in northern Wake

The state Department of Transportation has awarded an $8.6 million contract to widen 2.3 miles of U.S. 401 in northern Wake County, from Ligon Mill Road (State Road 2044) to Louisbury Road (State Road 2225).

D.H. Griffin Infrastructure LLC of Greensboro won the contract. Work could start as soon as Feb. 1 and is to be finished by the end of 2011. U.S. 401 will be widened from two to four lanes, with traffic signals and noise walls.

DOT also has given Barnhill Contracting of Tarboro a $698,000 contract to build a 0.6-mile extension of District Drive (State Road 1774) and an access road in west Raleigh.

The roads will serve a building under construction that will house the state National Guard headquarters, the State Emergency Operations Center, a DOT transportation operations center, and the N.C. Turnpike Authority.

Federal stimulus funds will pay for both jobs.

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