Conti Enterprises – Fayetteville Outer Loop

Conti Fayetteville picConti Enterprises’ Fayetteville, N.C., project will relieve congestion and spur economic growth.

By Knighthouse Media Staff

The 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. conti box

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 construction. 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. 

Expanding Scope

Experience has been invaluable because the original scope of the highway project has expanded since its inception to account for its proximity to the military base. NCDOT added an additional section of highway and two access control points into Fort Bragg. The access control points act as checkpoints for military personnel and visitors traveling to the base, and, as such, require connections and underground utility work to support military electronics and communications equipment. 

The scope of the work is far greater than a simple gate and each access point was estimated to add another six months to the project. When combined with the additional road construction, Conti and the NCDOT initially estimated another 18 months were needed to complete the work, which would have pushed the highway’s opening into spring 2020.

Conti partnered with NCDOT on a collaborative approach that provided cost-effective solutions and increased the pace of work to deliver the project in the timeframe of October 2018. “That’s been a huge challenge to complete a tremendous amount of work, plus an additional, not insignificant, scope of work in the original contract time,” Conerly says. “We were able to agree on an accelerated schedule, which will deliver the project on time.”

Conti has maintained a good and healthy work environment by fostering team collaboration. “We make every effort to work with our clients to exceed their expectations. Our values are at the forefront of what we bring to a project and these include being quality-driven and dedicated to the project’s success,” Conerly continues. 

“Our proactive and persistent approach has been demonstrated on this challenging project and we look forward to the successful delivery,” he says.

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