Although Sharpe Bros. is actually a division of Vecellio & Grogan, the tables are turned on a new road construction project in High Point, NC, with V&G working for Sharpe.
Sharpe bid as the prime contractor to widen and extend Hartley Drive in northeast Davidson County. The $9.1 million contract covers the new construction of about a mile of four-lane divided highway. It also includes a bridge, and Sharpe didnt have to look far for the ideal heavy/highway and bridge building partner.
V&G will construct a three-span, 254-ft.-long bridge crossing a stream and low-lying wooded area near the Hartley Drive YMCA. Other structure work includes building a 300-ft.-long sound barrier wall and a 275-ft.-long soldier pile retaining wall.
In addition to the new roadway, the contract calls for intersection and turning lane improvements where it ties in, installation of a new water line, and relocation of existing sewer lines.
The Hartley Drive extension is a key addition to High Points transportation network, providing an alternative to Westover Drive and improving traffic flow between the citys northern and southern sections. The improvements have been anticipated for years. A bond referendum was approved by voters in 2004, followed by engineering work, land acquisitions, and a stringent regulatory approval and permitting process.
Construction started earlier this year and is expected to take 18 months.
Erosion control measures and traffic barricades are in place in the early stages of Sharpe Bros. and V&Gs Hartley Drive Extension project. (Photo by John Riley, Jr.)