help bridges last longer, improve safety
RALEIGH — N.C.
Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a $3.2
million contract to do preservation work on six bridges in Davidson, Davie and
Rowan counties. The contract was awarded to American Contracting & Services
Inc. of Jeffersonville, Ind.
In Davidson County, crews will repair areas where the
concrete on the Hickory Tree Road bridge over U.S. 52 near Welcome has
deteriorated. Then, they will place an epoxy coating on the bridge’s driving
surface to seal and protect it from water damage.
In Davie and Rowan counties, crews will do hydro-demolition
work on the surfaces of the following bridges:
The bridge on I-40 East over Hunting Creek near Mocksville;
The bridge on I-40 West over Hunting Creek near Mocksville;
The bridge on I-40 East over the Yadkin River between Bermuda Run and Clemmons;
The bridge on I-40 West over the Yadkin River between Bermuda Run and Clemmons;
The bridge on U.S. 29 North over I-85/U.S. 601 just east of China Grove.
The hydro-demolition process allows crews to use
high-powered jets of water to remove any deteriorated concrete. They will then
place a layer of latex-modified concrete on the driving surface of the bridges
to improve the ride quality for motorists, as well as seal and protect the
pavement from water damage.
The bridge preservation work can start anytime between
May 1 and October 1, with final completion set for 280 days after the start
date. Overall, it will help to improve the health of these bridges and extend
their lifespan by proactively addressing any issues before they become too
extensive to repair. The work will also minimize the frequency of future
maintenance on the bridges, which will mean less disruption to traffic.
This 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.