NCDOT Awards $3.4 Million to Replace T. Walter Middleton Bridge Over Tuckaseegee River on N.C. 107 in Jackson County Thursday, April 12, 2012

RALEIGH — N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to replace the T. Walter Middleton Bridge on N.C. 107 over the Tuckaseegee River in the East Laport community of Jackson County.


The $3.4 million contract was awarded to a local company, Owle Construction Co. of Whittier. The new bridge will be widened from 20 feet to 50 feet with three lanes, shoulders and a sidewalk to reduce maintenance costs, improve safety and reduce congestion.


Work can begin as early as April 30, with final completion scheduled for no later than Jan. 11, 2015. An on-site detour will be in place during the project.

Last March, NCDOT decided to postpone the replacement of the bridge to allow for more time to consult with the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians to study and document Native American archaeological findings uncovered at the project site.

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.

For more information about funding for infrastructure improvements in North Carolina, as well as other NCDOT projects and activities, visit



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