NCDOT Awards $1.2 Million to Repair the N.C. 273 Bridge Near the Duke Power Plant in Gaston County Thursday, March 08, 2012

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 date.

 

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 educational opportunities.


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.


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