NCDOT Awards $3.7 Million to Preserve Bridges in Catawba and Iredell Counties Monday, June 04, 2012

RALEIGH — N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to preserve bridges in Catawba and Iredell counties.

The $3.7 million contract was awarded to Lanford Brothers Company Inc. of Roanoke, Va. This work will include removing some of the deck and replacing it with a latex concrete or epoxy/stone overlay, as well as cleaning and painting structural steel and bearings.

The work can start between July 1 and March 1, 2013 and must be completed 330 days after the starting date. Traffic will be maintained onsite with occasional lane closures on all bridges only at night.

The following bridges will be preserved in Catawba County:

  • On N.C. 10 in Hickory over the Catawba River;
  • On Old N.C. 127 in Hickory over U.S. 321;
  • On N.C. 150 near Terrell over the Catawba River; and
  • On Lenoir Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory over Interstate 40.

The following bridges will be preserved in Iredell County:

  • On Triplett Road in Statesville over Third Creek;
  • On N.C. 150 in Mooresville over I-77;
  • On U.S. 21 in Statesville over I-77;
  • On East Broad Street in Statesville over I-77 and Salisbury Creek;
  • On Sharon School Road in Statesville over I-40;
  • On I-40 West in Statesville over West Front Street (U.S. 64/N.C. 90);
  • On I-40 West in Statesville over the U.S. 64 West ramp; and
  • On Aberdeen Boulevard in Gastonia over I-85.

This type of project is a way to extend the life of a bridge, and is done at a cost significantly lower than continually repairing or even replacing the bridge. It is part of NCDOT’s $430 million bridge plan for 2011-12, which calls for preservation, repair or replacement of 450 bridges statewide.

This is one of 30 contracts totaling $109.3 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 3.9 percent, or $4.4 million, below NCDOT estimates.

Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 631 highway contracts totaling $4.3 billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to jobs and educational opportunities.

Gov. Perdue’s proposed budget continues to support an 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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