RALEIGH — N.C. Department of
Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to repair and
paint the truss bridge over the discharge canal at the Duke Power Allen Steam
Plant at Lake Wylie.
The $1.2 million contract was
awarded to Astron General Contracting Company Inc. of Jacksonville. Work can
begin as early as April 2 and be completed 180 days after the project start
The bridge was built in 1956 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.
An off-site detour route has been set up for the project. Traffic
heading north will take N.C. 279 to Armstrong Ford Road to South Main Street. Southbound
traffic will reverse directions.
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
According 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.