RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $1.6 million
contract to United Contractors LLC of Great Falls, SC to build a new bridge
over the Tar River on Sims Bridge Road northwest of Louisburg in Franklin
The project will replace a 59-yar-old bridge
that is considered structurally deficient. That doesn’t mean it is unsafe, but
that there are elements of the bridge that have had to be monitored, and
eventually it needed to be replaced.
Work can begin as early as Feb. 27, with the
new bridge to be open no later than Sept. 15 and planting and reforestation to
be finished by Dec. 31.
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
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.
For more information
about funding for infrastructure improvements in North Carolina, as well as
other NCDOT projects and activities, visit www.ncdot.gov.