Project will improve safety, extend life of
RALEIGH — By
this time next year, motorists will travel on Woodleaf Road over North Second
Creek in Rowan County on a new bridge. N.C.
Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a $1.3
million contract to replace the existing bridge in Salisbury.
The contract was awarded to Lee Construction Company of
the Carolinas Inc. of Charlotte. Construction is scheduled to start as early as
June 25, with final completion set for May 29, 2013.
While the work is under way, NCDOT will close the
existing bridge and put a detour route in place. Signs will guide motorists
from Woodleaf Road to Statesville Boulevard to N.C. 801 back to Woodleaf Road.
The existing bridge was built in 1955 and has a
sufficiency rating of two out of 100. That does not mean the bridge is unsafe.
It means that the bridge was not built to modern design standards and no longer
meets the needs of today’s drivers. By replacing the bridge, NCDOT will improve
safety, make traffic flow more efficiently and extend the life of the local
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. 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