RALEIGH — Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a $1.7 million contract to replace the fender system on a bridge on N.C. 133 in Brunswick County.
The project is over the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway between Southport and Oak Island. The fender system protects the bridge piers from ship impact. The existing fender system is made of timber, and the new system will be made of composite material that will better withstand the weather.
The contract was awarded to Marine Contracting Corp. of Virginia Beach. Work can begin as early as March 19 and be completed by Nov. 16.
This is one of 39 contracts totaling $203.2 million awarded by Conti for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina. NCDOT awarded the contracts to the lowest bidders, as required by state law. The bids received on the projects awarded came in about 2.9 percent, or about $6.2 million, below NCDOT estimates.
Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 511 highway contracts totaling $3.8 billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to jobs and educational opportunities.