RALEIGH — N.C. Department of
Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to replace the Boggs
Road Bridge over Hagan Creek in Catawba.
The $847,221 contract was awarded
to Sunbelt Structures Inc. of Tucker, Ga. Work can begin as early as April 2 and
be completed by Feb. 10, 2013.
There will be an off-site detour route. Traffic will take Boggs Road to
Old Catawba Road to N.C. 10 to get around the project.
The bridge was built in 1960 and is
deemed both functionally obsolete and structurally deficient. This does not
mean the bridge is unsafe, but there are elements of the bridge that need to be
monitored to maintain its structural integrity, and its layout no longer meets
current design standards for width, shoulders or rails. The new bridge will be
able to accommodate larger vehicles.
This is one of 29 contracts
totaling $167.9 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 7.5
percent, or about $13.5 million, below NCDOT estimates.
Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office
in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 540 highway contracts totaling $3.9
billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to jobs and
to the Federal Highway Administration, every $1 million spent on transportation
creates 30 jobs, and according to the construction industry, every dollar
invested in transportation generates $6 in economic impact.