Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a $6.2 million
design-build contract to replace two bridges each in Catawba and Iredell
counties, and one each in Gaston and Lincoln counties.
contract was awarded to R.E. Burns & Sons Company Inc. of Statesville. Work
can begin as early as April 30 and be completed by Nov. 1, 2014.
contract is among 17 to be let by June 2012 using a new concept called express
design-build, which can go from zero to construction in eight months. The
concept is more efficient than traditional methods in that it does not require
a technical proposal; the contract award winner is selected solely on low
bid. The projects will replace about 175 bridges across all 14 highway
two bridges in Catawba County being replaced are located on:
Springs Road over Long Shoal Creek northeast of Hickory; and
Street NW over U.S. 70 in Long View.
two bridges in Iredell County being replaced are located on:
Creek Road over South Fork Winthrow Creek north of Mooresville; and
Road over Coddle Creek southeast of Mooresville.
bridges in Gaston County being replaced is located on:
Road over Long Creek west of Bessemer City.
bridge in Lincoln County being replaced is located on:
Road over Killian Creek south of Denver.
design-build method allows the design, environmental permitting, right-of-way
acquisition, utility relocation and construction to take place at the same time, under one contract. This
method reduces overall construction time, helps the department avoid cost inflation, allows the
contractor to make innovations that save taxpayers money, lessens environmental impact and
alleviates driving delays for motorists.
bridges are considered to be structurally deficient or functionally obsolete
and have reached the end of their life cycle. This does not mean the
bridges are unsafe, but there are elements of the bridges that need to be
monitored to maintain structural integrity. Many of these bridges have
weight limits that do not allow heavier truck traffic to cross.
Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 32 design-build
contracts totaling $1.8 billion. In addition to expediting construction,
design-build projects utilize more private sector contractors, stimulating job
is one of 34 contracts totaling $130.8 million awarded by Conti following
March’s 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.
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.