This action was brought pursuant to G.S. 136-29 which provides in part:
(a) Upon the completion of any contract for the construction of any State highway awarded by the Department of Transportation to any contractor, if the contractor fails to receive such settlement as he claims to be entitled to under his contract, he may, within 60 days from the time of receiving his final estimate, submit to the State Highway Administrator a written and verified claim for such amount as he deems himself entitled to under the said contract setting forth the facts upon which said claim is based ....
(b) As to such portion of the claim as is denied by the State Highway Administrator, the contractor may, within six (6) months from receipt of said decision, institute a civil action for such sum as he claims to be entitled to under said contract by the filing of a verified complaint and issuance of summons in the Superior Court of Wake County or in the superior court of any county wherein the work under said contract was performed. . . .
(d) The submission of the claim to the State Highway Administrator within the time and as set out in subsection (a) of this section and the filing of an action in the superior court within the time as set out in subsection (b) of this section . . . shall be a condition precedent to bringing such an action under this section and shall not be a statute of limitations.
(e) The provisions of this section shall be deemed to enter into and form a part of every contract entered into between the Department of Transportation and any contractor, and no provision in said contracts shall be valid that is in conflict herewith.
*464The sole issue is whether the plaintiffs first claim, received on 10 May 1984, was “written and verified” within the meaning of G.S. 136-29(a) so that the plaintiff fulfilled a condition precedent to bringing this action in superior court.
The express language of G.S. 136-29(a) provides that a contractor may “within 60 days from the time of receiving his final estimate, submit to the State Highway Administrator a written and verified claim . . . .” (Emphasis added.) G.S. 136-29(d) then clearly states that “submission of the claim to the State Highway Administrator within the time and as set out in subsection (a) .. . shall be a condition precedent to bringing such an action under this section . . . .” (Emphasis added.) Therefore, to satisfy G.S. 136-29 the contractor must submit a claim, accompanied by evidence of verification, within the statutory time limit.
Because the plaintiff’s verification was not filed with the first claim and the second claim was not received within the prescribed period, the plaintiff failed to fulfill a condition precedent to maintaining its action in superior court and the plaintiffs complaint was properly dismissed.
The plaintiff argues that it complied with the statute because the claim was both written and verified within the statutory period. It contends the claim had been verified at the time it was filed on 10 May 1984 although the verification was not filed with the claim. We believe the plain words of the statute require that the verification be filed with the claim.
Judge BECTON dissents.
Judge COZORT concurs.