RALEIGH — N.C. Department of
Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to replace the Old
John’s River Road bridge over the John’s River near Collettsville.
The $720,748 contract was awarded
to Maymead Inc. of Mountain City, Tenn. Work can begin as early as April 30 and
be completed by May 13, 2013.
During construction, traffic will
be maintained on a temporary onsite detour and bridge adjacent to the existing
location. Once the new bridge is completed, traffic will move back onto the new
structure while the temporary detour area is restored to its original
The bridge was built in 1962 and is
deemed functionally obsolete. This does not mean the bridge is unsafe, but its layout
no longer meets current design standards for width, shoulders or rails. The new
bridge will be wider and able to accommodate larger vehicles than the current
This is one of 33 contracts
totaling $126 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 .2
percent, or $272,750, below NCDOT estimates.
Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office
in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 574 highway contracts totaling $4.1
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.