RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of
Transportation has awarded a contract to build a permanent bridge on N.C.
12 on Pea Island. The 2.1-mile-long permanent bridge will replace the temporary
one that currently stands where Hurricane Irene breached the highway in 2011
and span an area where inlets have historically opened and closed.
The contract was awarded to
Parsons Construction Group Inc. of Greenville, S.C. for $79.7 million.
Construction on the new bridge can begin as early as Jan. 6, 2014. The new
bridge is scheduled to open to traffic in spring 2016. As part of the bid, the
contractor committed to completing the work within 800 calendar days, or
approximately two years and two months.
The new bridge will be built
parallel to the temporary bridge within the existing easement, and traffic will
continue to use the existing bridge during construction. For this reason,
construction will have a minimal impact on traffic.
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