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Almost 8 miles of Interstate 795 in Wilson will be repaved over the next year.
Fred Smith Co. of Raleigh will mill away the top layer of old asphalt and resurface the freeway and its ramps between the Wilson-Wayne county line and Wiggins Mill Road. During construction, drivers should expect intermittent lane closures, except for holiday weekends.
Fred Smith received a $5.8 million contract from the N.C. Department of Transportation in March. The company may start work after April 30, and it has until June 2019 to finish.
This was one of 16 road and bridge contracts recently awarded by the NCDOT. Per state law, they went to the lowest qualified bidder for each project. The contracts are worth $429.7 million, nearly $39 million under engineer estimates.