RALEIGH —N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a
$1.1 million contract to Apple Tuck and Associates Inc. of Rutherfordton to
replace the bridges over White Oak Creek and Jacob Fork River on Wards Gap Road
in the Lower Fork community of Burke County.
The bridge over White Oak Creek is 38 years old. The bridge over Jacob
Fork River is 47 years old and considered structurally deficient. While the
bridge is still safe, it requires extensive maintenance and repair and needed
to be replaced. Lane and shoulder width standards also don’t meet current
standards. The new bridge will be able to accommodate larger and heavier
The bridge replacements are part of NCDOT’s $430 million bridge plan
for 2011-12, which calls for preservation, repairs or replacement of 450
Work on the project can begin as early as May 29 and should be
completed by Sept. 1, 2013.
This is one of among 24 contracts worth $117.6 million recently 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.
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.