SHELBY – The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $6.5 million contract to replace a Jackson County bridge on U.S. 23/74 over Dark Ridge Road, the Watco/Blue Ridge Railroad and Scott Creek.
The existing bridge was built in 1957 and is classified as structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. That means although the bridge is safe, it was built to outdated design standards and needs to be replaced to meet current and future traffic demands.
Construction on the project can begin as early as August 25. All work on the project except for reforestation is scheduled to be completed by November 2016.
During bridge construction, traffic on U.S. 23/74 will be maintained without a detour.
For more details about improving North Carolina's bridges, visit NCDOT's bridge information website.
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.