RALEIGH — N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary
Gene Conti has awarded a contract to replace the bridge on N.C. 33 over the
Norfolk Southern Railway near Chocowinity in Beaufort County.
The $4.2 million contract was awarded to Barnhill
Contracting Company of Tarboro. Work can begin as early as April 30, with final
completion scheduled for no later than April 12, 2014.
The existing bridge was built in 1935 and is
deemed structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. This does not
mean the bridge is unsafe, but there are elements of the bridge that needed to
be monitored to maintain its structural integrity.
is one of 34 contracts totaling $130.8 million awarded by Conti following
NCDOT’s March contract letting 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.
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.
For more information
about funding for infrastructure improvements in North Carolina, as well as
other NCDOT projects and activities, visit www.ncdot.gov.