improve motorist safety, extend life of local transportation network
RALEIGH — N.C.
Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a $7.8
million contract to replace the U.S. 52 North and South bridges over
Tobaccoville Road in Winston-Salem. The contract was awarded to Smith-Rowe LLC
of Mt. Airy.
The bridges were built in 1962 and have sufficiency
ratings of 68 out of 100. That does not mean the bridges are unsafe. It means
they were not built to modern design standards and no longer meet the needs of
today’s drivers. By replacing them, NCDOT will improve motorist safety, make
travel more efficient and help the local transportation network last longer.
Construction on the new bridges is set to start in June,
with final completion scheduled for April 2015. The work includes building a
temporary bridge, which will serve as a detour route for traffic while
construction is under way. NCDOT will shift U.S. 52 North traffic onto the
temporary bridge and move U.S. 52 South traffic onto the northbound bridge, so
crews can replace the U.S. 52 South bridge first.
This is one of 26 contracts totaling $126.3 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 16.4 percent, or $24.8 million,
below NCDOT estimates.
Gov. Bev Perdue’s proposed budget continues to support
enhancing or expanding our transportation infrastructure. In doing so, Gov.
Perdue continues to support immediate jobs in the construction sector and the
goal of ensuring that our transportation network facilitates access to jobs,
education and healthcare for the future.