In parts one, two, and three of this six-part article, a construction lawyer in Wilmington, NC, discussed several aspects of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and its efforts to develop safe, reliable, and effective highway systems. In this section, we will discuss one alternative to traditional highway construction projects: turnpike construction. We will then shift gears and focus on aviation projects throughout North Carolina.
If you are interested in learning more about potential projects to bid on or you want to seek approval to work on NCDOT projects, a contractor lawyer in Wilmington, NC, is only a phone call away.
With the effects of urbanization affecting most major cities across the United States, roadways are becoming increasingly congested. With limited financing and only a handful of options to expand commuter roads, many of the existing roadways, toll roads, and express lane designs are being integrated more and more into highway, roadway, and transportation infrastructure projects.
Since 2002, the N.C. Turnpike Authority has been authorized to assess, strategize, develop, construct, and maintain highway toll projects in the Tar Heel State. Currently, there are nine projects that are either active, in development, experiencing construction, or have been approved for construction by NCDOT. Some of these projects are focused on extending lanes on existing interstates or creating a multi-lane turnpike adjacent to a nearby highway.
With 72 publicly owned airports in the Tar Heel State, public airports contribute over $50 billion to the state’s economy including $2.2 billion in state and local tax revenue. Airports provide over 300,000 jobs to local residents and also offer many exceptional opportunities for contractors and subcontractors to work on lucrative airport construction projects.
Of the 10 commercial airports in North Carolina, there are 74 restaurants and cafes, 59 retail shops, and 13 rental car companies located on the premises. When an airport wants to make upgrades or create space for new additions, they need to take on refitting projects to accommodate these changes. This is a common type of construction project that contractors can take advantage of.
Beyond refitting projects, construction and design professionals have the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects encompassing airport design layout and construction including:
- Constructing airport terminal facilities
- Runway and airport pavement projects
- Installation of airport lighting systems and other utilities
- Drainage, fencing, sitework, and excavation projects
With many needed upgrades to our national airport infrastructure, construction professionals that specialize in airport construction can work on many urgent airport construction projects throughout the country, including in North Carolina.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.