NCDOT Awards $889,176 to Replace U.S. 221 Bridge over Prathers Creek near Scottville Thursday, May 24, 2012

RALEIGH — N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to replace the U.S. 221 bridge over Prathers Creek near Scottville.

 

The $889,176 contract was awarded to Smith Rowe LLC of Mount Airy. Work can begin as early as May 29 and be completed by Dec. 12, 2013.

 

During construction, traffic will be maintained on the current bridge while the new bridge is being built adjacent to the old bridge. Once the new bridge is completed, traffic will move onto the new structure while the existing bridge is removed and the surrounding area returned to its original contours.

 

The bridge was built in 1923 and is deemed both functionally obsolete and structurally deficient. This does not mean the bridge is unsafe, but there are elements of the bridge that need to be monitored to maintain its structural integrity, and its layout no longer meets current design standards for width, shoulders or rails.

 

The new bridge will be able to accommodate larger vehicles than the current bridge. By replacing it, NCDOT will improve motorist safety, make travel more efficient and help the local transportation network last longer.

 

This is one of 26 contracts totaling $126.3 million awarded by Conti in April 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.

 

According to the Federal Highway Administration, every $1 million spent on transportation creates 30 jobs, and according to the construction industry, every dollar invested in transportation generates $6 in economic impact.

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