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Civil | CONTI ENTERPRISES - FAYETTEVILLE OUTER LOOP
Leaning on Expertise
CONTI ENTERPRISES' FAYETTEVILLE, N.C., PROJECT WILL RELIEVE CONGESTION AND SPUR GROWTH.
Conti Enterprises - Faye eville Outer Loop
* Project cost: $140 million
* Location: Faye eville, N.C.
* Employees on-site at peak: 180
* Scope of work: Highway construction
"We pride ourselves on establishing a good and hea hy
- Chris Conerly, project executive
he Fayetteville Outer Loop involves the construction of a new
6.8-mile stretch of interstate including 17 new bridges and more
than six miles of new interchange highway.
Included in the highway portions are three
major interchanges, two of which serve as
key entrances to Fort Bragg.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) awarded the project to
Conti in late summer 2014 and work began
that fall. The project is on schedule to meet
its October 2018 completion date, despite
an unusually cold and wet winter that saw
two rare North Carolina snowfalls. "It has
certainly compressed the project's schedule," Project Executive Chris Conerly says.
With about seven months to go, Conti
has cleared the land, completed most of the
earthwork, and asphalt pavement is well
under way. Twelve of the 17 bridges are
substantially complete and the remaining
five are in various stages of progress.
Conti's extensive experience in building
similar highway projects across the country
made it the ideal general contractor to build
the connection. "The overall scope of work
and magnitude of the project was a fit for
our team and resources," Conerly says.
The company is self-performing much of
the labor on the project, including all of the
2 million cubic yards of earthmoving and
the vast majority of the bridge construc-
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is self-performing much of the project's
labor, including the earth moving and most of
the bridge construction.
tion. Subcontractors are handling some
specialized areas, such as the installation of
reinforced steel and the deck pans, perimeter fencing, roadway striping and erosion
control. In selecting which subcontractors
to work with, Conti looked for companies
that share its own values.
"Our values are honesty, integrity and
credibility and that is what we expect of
those working with us," Conerly says. Additionally, Conti is committed to providing
equal opportunities and has prioritized
local subcontractors and women- or minority-owned businesses. "We're looking to
establish mutually beneficial partnerships
with companies known for ethical leadership and solid performance," Conerly says.
"Companies with proven track records that
are aligned with our culture.
"We work closely with [NCDOT] to
identify subcontractors who are capable of
performing the work," he explains.