$1.6 million contract awarded for new Franklin County bridge Monday, February 6, 2012

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 County.

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 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.

For more information about funding for infrastructure improvements in North Carolina, as well as other NCDOT projects and activities, visit www.ncdot.gov.

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