NCDOT Awards $748,235 to Replace Elmwood Road Bridge Over Fourth Creek in Iredell County Thursday, March 08, 2012

RALEIGH — N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to replace the Elmwood Road bridge over Fourth Creek near Elmwood in Iredell County.

 

The $748,235 contract was awarded to APAC – Atlantic Inc. of Greensboro. Work can begin as early as April 2 and be completed by March 29, 2013.

 

The bridge was built in 1952 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.

 

There will be an off-site detour route. Traffic traveling north will take Elmwood Road to Old Salisbury Highway to U.S. 70 to Third Creek Church Road to Phifer Road to Barnhill Road to Barry Oak Road. 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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