RALEIGH — N.C.
Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to
preserve bridges in Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties.
The $2.9 million
contract was awarded to HRI Inc. of State College, Pa. This work will include
removing some of the deck and replacing with a latex concrete overlay, cleaning
and painting structural steel and bearings.
The work can start between
June 1 and Oct. 1 and must be completed 280 days after the starting date. Traffic
will be maintained onsite with occasional lane closures on all bridges only at
bridges will be preserved in Cleveland County:
- On N.C. 150 south of Boiling Springs over the Broad River;
- On N.C. 150 near Stubbs over Buffalo Creek;
- On U.S. 74 East in Shelby over the First Broad River; and
- On U.S. 74 West in Shelby over the First Broad River.
bridges will be preserved in Gaston County:
- On N.C. 279 in Gastonia over Interstate 85;
- On N.C. 275 near Dallas over the South Fork of the Catawba River;
- On Shannon Bradley Road in West Gastonia over I-85; and
- On Aberdeen Boulevard in Gastonia over I-85.
The following bridge
will be preserved in Lincoln County:
- On N.C. 150 near Lincolnton over the South Fork of the Catawba
This type of project is a way to extend the life of a
bridge, and is done at a cost significantly lower than continually repairing or
even replacing the bridge. It is part of the NCDOT’s $430 million bridge plan
for 2011-12, which calls for preservation, repairs or replacement of 450
This is one of 24
contracts totaling $117.6 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 17.5 percent, or $25 million, below NCDOT estimates.
Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 599 highway
contracts totaling $4.2 billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have
access to jobs and educational opportunities.
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.