RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to replace the bridge on U.S. 15/401 over Gum Swamp in Scotland County. The $1.8 million contract was awarded Sanford Contractors, Inc. of Sanford.
Work on the project can begin as early as August 25, with the bridge opening to traffic in November 2015. The entire project should be completed by May 2016.
An on-site detour bridge will be built parallel to the existing bridge prior to the beginning of construction. Motorists will use the detour to continue along U.S. 15/401.
The bridge was constructed in 1938 and is classified as structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. This means it has remained safe for use, but is in deteriorating condition and needs to be replaced. The bridge was also built to design standards that are no longer in use.
This is one of the 11 road and bridge contracts worth $43.4 million recently awarded by NCDOT for projects across North Carolina. The contracts were awarded to the lowest bidders, as required by state law. The low bids received on the projects were 2.8 percent, or about $1.2 million, over NCDOT estimates.