NCDOT Awards $1.4 Million Contract to Replace Bridge on Old Hendersonville Highway Over Davidson River in Pisgah Forest Thursday, May 10, 2012

RALEIGH — N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a $1.4 million contract to Palmetto Infrastructure Inc. of Greenville, S.C., to replace the bridge over the Davidson River on Old Hendersonville Highway/Old U.S. 64 in Pisgah Forest in Transylvania County.

The bridge was built in 1921 and is considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. 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 vehicles.

The bridge replacement 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 29 and should be completed by July 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.

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