NCDOT awards contract to replace bridge on McCoy Road near Huntersville Tuesday, May 08, 2012

RALEIGH — A contract worth $680,479 was awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation to Apple Tuck & Associates Inc. of Rutherfordton to replace a bridge on McCoy Road over Gar Creek, southwest of Huntersville in Mecklenburg County.

The 52-year-old bridge is considered functionally obsolete and structurally deficient. That means it was built to lane width and other standards no longer used for bridges, and although it is safe, it has been requiring maintenance and repair and eventually needed to be replaced. The new bridge will be able to accommodate larger and heavier vehicles.

The project will require a 3 1/2 mile detour route to get around the construction site.

Motorists will be directed by detour signs to use Beatties Ford Road and Hambright Road.

Work on the project can start as early as May 29, with the new bridge scheduled to be open by Oct. 1, and final planting and vegetation work completed by March 30, 2013.

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.

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