Contracts worth $5.7 million awarded to replace a pair of Cabarrus County bridges, including the seventh oldest in the state Friday, March 9, 2012

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded contracts to replace a pair of bridges in Cabarrus County, including the seventh oldest in the state.

A $4.5 million contract was awarded to Blythe Development Co. of Charlotte to replace the Cabarrus Avenue West bridge over Southern Railway tracks in Concord. The current bridge was built in 1917, and is considered structurally deficient, which doesn’t mean it isn’t safe, but that there are elements of the bridge that have had to be monitored, and eventually it needed to be replaced.

Work on the project can start as early as April 2, with the structural work to be finished by Sept. 14, 2014, and final vegetation work by March 11, 2015.

A second contract, worth $1.2 million, went to R.E. Burns & Sons Inc. of Statesville to replace the bridge on Orphanage Road over Irish Buffalo Creek. The 51 year-old bridge is also structurally deficient, as well as functionally obsolete. That means it was built to standards that are not used today in terms of lane width or vertical clearances so its replacement will better serve current and future traffic demands.

Work on this project can also begin as early as April 2, and is scheduled to be finished by Sept. 1, with vegetation work done by Feb. 28, 2013..

These are two of 29 contracts totaling $167.9 million awarded by Transportation Secretary Gene 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.

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

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