5. Western Wake Freeway
PROJECT COST: $446 million
Raleigh-Durham Roadbuilders, a joint venture of Archer Western Contractors of Atlanta and Granite Construction Co. of Watsonville, Calif., was hired by the North Carolina Turnpike Authority to construct the $446-million Western Wake Freeway, a section of the $1-billion Triangle Expressway.
The lead designer on the project is the LPA Group of Raleigh, N.C. Mulkey Engineers & Consultants of Cary, N.C., is providing CEI services.
Financing for the project will be provided by a combination of toll revenue bonds, state appropriation bonds and a federal Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan.
This toll road is the first in North Carolina. The project will be a six-lane divided facility with six interchanges located at major connecting facilities. Tolls will be collected exclusively by electronic means.
Scope of the 12.6-mi Western Wake Freeway project includes the construction of 34 bridges, noise and retaining walls, and improvements to various streets along the project route.
The project is expected to be open to traffic by the end of 2012 and fully completed in 2013.
Location: Raleigh, N.C.
Owner: North Carolina Turnpike Authority, Raleigh
Contractor: Raleigh Durham Roadbuilders, Apex, N.C.
Engineer: LPA Group, Raleigh
Start Date: December 2009
Completion Date: 2013