RALEIGH —N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a
$1.6 million contract to American Contracting Services Inc. of Jeffersonville,
Ind., for preservation of the bridge on N.C. 28 over the Little Tennessee River
below Fontana Dam in Graham County.
The preservation work will involve hydro-demolition, or the
application of intense water pressure, to remove old concrete from the bridge
deck. Then a new concrete overlay will be applied to the deck and the bridge
will be repainted.
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. The bridge was constructed in 1943. The project is part of NCDOT’s
$430 million bridge plan for 2011-12, which calls for preservation, repairs or
replacement of 450 bridges statewide.
Work can begin as early as May 1 and should be completed within 180
days from the start date.
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.