Will improve safety, make travel more
efficient, help transportation system last longer
RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation will improve
or replace 21 bridges in Davidson, Forsyth, Rowan and Stokes counties, starting
later this month. Transportation Secretary Gene Conti awarded three contracts
totaling $20.9 million for the work, which will improve motorist safety, make
travel more efficient and help North Carolina’s transportation system last
They represent three of 24 contracts totaling $117.6
million 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.
The $1.9 million contract awarded to Apple Tuck &
Associates Inc. of Rutherfordton will replace the Center Street bridge over
Abbott’s Creek in Lexington. The existing bridge was built in 1951 and has a
sufficiency rating of four out of 100. That does not mean the bridge is unsafe.
It means it is narrow, has minimal shoulders and no longer meets the needs of
today’s traveling public. The new bridge will be wider to better accommodate
traffic. Construction is scheduled to start as early as July 5, with final
completion set for Nov. 18, 2013.
The $6.5 million contract awarded to American Contracting
& Services Inc. of Jeffersonville, Ind. includes performing preservation
work on 11 bridges in Forsyth County. They are:
U.S. 421 North and U.S. 421 South bridges over the Yadkin River at the
Forsyth/Yadkin county line;
U.S. 52 North and U.S. 52 South bridges over the south fork of Fiddler Creek
south of Winston-Salem;
U.S. 52 bridge over I-40 in Winston-Salem;
U.S. 52 bridge over Waughtown Street in Winston-Salem;
Third Street bridge over U.S. 52 in Winston-Salem;
Akron Drive bridge over U.S. 52 in Winston-Salem;
U.S. 52 North and U.S. 52 South bridges over the Southern Railroad near Rural
U.S. 158 (Stratford Road) bridge over N.C. 67 (Silas Creek Parkway) in
Crews will rehabilitate these bridges by filling cracks,
repairing concrete, fixing steel beams and sealing their riding surfaces to
protect them from rust and corrosion and help extend their lifespan. The work
is set to begin between May 29 and Sept. 1, with final completion expected 480
days after the start date.
The $12.6 million contract awarded to Crowder
Construction Co. of Charlotte includes designing and replacing nine aging
bridges in Davidson, Forsyth, Rowan and Stokes counties with new, more modern
bridges. They are:
Hedrick Mill Road bridge over Four Mile Creek east of Lexington;
Ball Road bridge over Rich Fork Creek northwest of Thomasville;
East Center Street bridge over N.C. 8 (Talbert Boulevard) in Lexington;
Old U.S. 64 bridge over Abbott’s Creek in Lexington;
Teague Road bridge over Fiddler Creek south of Winston-Salem;
West Innes Street bridge over Grant’s Creek in Salisbury;
Hart Road bridge over Fourth Creek west of Cooleemee;
Faith Road bridge over Crane Creek north of Faith; and
Pine Hall Road bridge over the Dan River east of Walnut Cove.
Design work is slated to start as early as May 29, with
final completion set for Nov. 1, 2015.
This contract is among 17 to be let by June 2012 using a
new concept called express design-build, which allows the project to go from
zero to construction in eight months. The concept is more efficient than
traditional methods in that it does not require a technical proposal; the
contract award winner is selected solely on low bid. The projects will replace
about 175 bridges across all 14 highway divisions.
Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009,
NCDOT has awarded 36 design-build contracts totaling $1.8 billion. In addition
to expediting construction, design-build projects utilize more private sector
contractors, stimulating job creation.