|NCDOT Awards $2.9 Million Design-Build Contract to Replace Bridges in Alamance, Orange and Rockingham Counties
||Monday, June 04, 2012
RALEIGH — N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a $2.9 million design-build contract to Mountain Creek Contractors Inc. of Charleston, S.C., to replace seven bridges in Alamance, Orange and Rockingham counties.
Work can begin as early as June 25 and is scheduled for completion by Nov. 15, 2014.
The contract is to replace the following bridges:
These bridges are considered to be structurally deficient or functionally obsolete and have reached the end of their life cycle. This does not mean the bridges are unsafe, but there are elements of the bridges that need to be monitored to maintain structural integrity. Many of these bridges have weight limits that do not allow school buses and some emergency vehicles to cross.
- The bridge on Ivey Street just west of N.C. 54 in Alamance County;
- The bridge over a branch of Little River on Sneed Road in Orange County;
- The bridge over Troublesome Creek on Irvin Farm Road in Rockingham County;
- The bridge over a branch of Bushy Creek on Honeysuckle Road in Rockingham County;
- The bridge on Quesinberry Road just north of Town Creek Road in Rockingham County;
- The bridge over a branch of Beaver Creek on Ayersville Road in Rockingham County; and
- The bridge over QuaQua Creek on Boaz Road in Rockingham County.
Design-build contracts save the taxpayers money by decreasing the time it takes to plan and build. Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 39 design-build contracts totaling $1.8 billion. In addition to expediting construction, design-build projects utilize more private sector contractors, stimulating job creation.
This project will utilize the design-build method, which allows project design, environmental permitting, right-of-way acquisition, utility relocation and construction to take place at the same time, under one contract. This method reduces overall construction time, helps the department avoid cost inflation, allows the contractor to make innovations that save taxpayers money, lessens environmental impact and alleviates driving delays for motorists.
The contract is among 17 to be let by June 2012 using a new concept called express design-build, which can 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.
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.