NCDOT Awards $8.1 Million Design-Build Contract to Replace Bridges in Buncombe, Burke, Madison, McDowell and Rutherford Counties Monday, April 09, 2012

RALEIGH — N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to replace seven bridges in five Western North Carolina counties.

The $8.1 million design-build project contract was awarded to Apple Tuck and Associates of Rutherfordton. Work can begin as early as April 30 and is scheduled for completion by Nov. 1, 2014.

The following bridges will be replaced:


•    On Sluder Branch Road in Leicester

•    On N.C. 126 over the Linville River where it runs into Lake James
•    On Enola Road south of I-40

•    On Woods Ammons Road in the Gabriels Creek Community of Mars Hill

•    On Dysartsville Road north of I-40

•    On Camp Sand Pit Road over the Broad River
•    On Cedar Creek Road

This project will utilize the design-build method, which allows project 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. Since 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 creation

This contract is also 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 divisions.

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