RALEIGH — NCDOT Transportation Secretary Gene Conti and Turnpike Authority Executive Director David Joyner today signed the $367.7 million design-build contract for the Monroe Connector/Bypass to Monroe Bypass Constructors, a joint venture of United Infrastructure Group Inc., Boggs Paving Inc. and Anderson Columbia Company Inc. with lead design firm Rummel, Klepper & Kahl LLP.
"This has been a long time coming and it is time to put pen to paper and get to work," said Sec. Conti as he signed the contract. "This project is a great addition to our highway system to provide much needed congestion relief."
The Authority sold bonds last week that were needed to construct, operate and maintain the Monroe Connector/Bypass toll road, enabling the design-build contract to be awarded. Over the next six months, the Monroe Bypass Constructors will work with the Authority to complete the final designs and will immediately begin the right of way process including title work, relocation planning and assistance, appraisals and negotiations.
"We are grateful for the team here today," said Joyner. "I especially want to thank the Union County and Mecklenburg County leaders who have partnered with us to make this road a reality."
The Monroe Bypass Constructors and the Authority will host a comprehensive community workshop on Monday, Dec. 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Union County Agricultural Center located at 3230-D Presson Road in Monroe. Individuals interested in reviewing the project designs and learning more about the right of way process are encouraged to stop by during the above hours to meet the design-build and right of way teams.
The 19.7-mile Monroe Connector/Bypass toll road is set to open to traffic in late 2015. It will be the state's second toll road. For questions about the project, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the project website at www.ncdot.gov/projects/monroeconnector.
NCDOT Editor's Note: The photo attached is following the contract execution – left to right: Jim Triplett, President of United Infrastructure Group; Allen Tate, CEO of Allen Tate Company and founder of the Regional Roads Committee from Charlotte; David Joyner, Turnpike Authority Executive Director; Drew Boggs, President of Boggs Paving; Joey Anderson, Anderson Columbia; Tommy Peacock, RK&K Associates and Sec. Gene Conti.