NCDOT Awards $1.6 Million to Preserve Bridges in Ashe, Avery and Watauga Counties Thursday, April 05, 2012

RALEIGH — N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to preserve bridges in Ashe, Avery and Watauga counties.

The $1.6 million contract was awarded to Taylor & Murphy Construction Company Inc. of Asheville. This work involves concrete overlay, deck replacement, cleaning and painting structural steel and bearings, as well as substructure repairs.

The work can start as early as May 1 and must be completed by Nov. 15. Traffic will be maintained onsite with lane closures on all bridges except for the bridge on Bethel Road over the Watauga River in Watauga County. During construction of this bridge, U.S. 321 and Bethel Road will be utilized for the detour route.

The following bridges will be preserved in Ashe County:

  • On N.C. 16 north of Jefferson near Crumpler over Old N.C. 16; and
  • On N.C. 16 north of Jefferson near Crumpler over Big Helton Road and Helton’s Creek.
The following bridge will be preserved in Avery County:
  • On U.S. 19 near Ingalls over the North Toe River.             

The following bridges will be preserved in Watauga County:

  • On Bethel Road west of Boone near Kellersville over the Watauga River; and
  • On Bethel Road west of Boone near Kellersville over Beaverdam Creek.

This is one of 34 contracts totaling $130.8 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 1.4 percent, or $118.8 million, below NCDOT estimates.

Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 575 highway contracts totaling $4.1 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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