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
Work can begin as early as May 29 and should be completed by July 1,
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.