RALEIGH — The N.C.
Department of Transportation has awarded a $2.5 million contract to S.T. Wooten
Corp. of Wilson to replace the Green Level Church Road bridge over White Oak Creek
at the Cary-Apex town limits.
The bridge, which is
60 years old, is considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete.
It is still safe, but has been requiring maintenance and repair and eventually
needed to be replaced. It was also built to lane and shoulder width standards
that don’t meet current standards. The new bridge will be able
to better accommodate the increased traffic brought on by growth in the area.
The project means drivers who have been using the current bridge use will
have to use a detour of just over four miles. Detour signs will direct them
onto Green Level West, Wimberly and Jenks roads to get around the construction
Work on the project can start between Aug. 1 and March 1, 2013, with
the new bridge in place within 240 days of the start date.
This is one of among 24 contracts worth $117.6 million awarded by Transportation
Secretary Gene 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.
Since 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.
For more information about funding for infrastructure improvements in
North Carolina, as well as other NCDOT projects and activities, visit www.ncdot.gov.