Boggs Paving part of design-build team
A project 20 years in the making will soon start taking shape. Thursday morning, Oct. 28, state officials selected a design-build team that should begin construction of the Monroe Bypass in the first three months of 2011.
Monroe-based Boggs Paving is part of the winning $368 million bid, a joint venture with Anderson Columbia Co. Inc and Rumel, Klepper and Kahl LLLP.
The final step, before construction starts, takes place in December, according to Reid Simons, director of government and public affairs for the N.C. Turnpike Authority. In an e-mail Wednesday, Oct. 27, to the Friends of the Monroe Connector e-mail list, Simons said the turnpike authority is moving forward.
“The Monroe Connector-Bypass is quickly approaching the final stages of finance and environmental planning,” Simons said. “We closed on $233 million worth of state appropriation bonds on (Tuesday) Oct. 26 and plan to sell the remainder of the toll revenue bonds in mid December.”
The state won’t officially award the design contract for the road, projected to cost $750 million to $825 million, to the Boggs Paving group until the authority sells the final round of revenue bonds in December. The state is financing the bypass from three sources: $400 million in federal bonds, $185.7 million in state Transportation Improvement Program dollars and $25 million per year for eight years in gap funds, authorized in 2009 by the N.C. General Assembly.
Officials have tweaked the length of the project as well in the past two years to lower cost. Originally projected at 21.1 miles, stretching from Matthews in Mecklenburg County to Interstate 85 on the Union County border, the project will now stretch 19.7 miles, starting at the edge of Stallings and linking with Interstate 85 near Marshville.
“Once we close on the entire bond package, we will award the design-build contracts and start construction,” Simons said.
Under the current timeline, the Turnpike Authority expects the bypass to be open for traffic in late 2014.