NCDOT Awards $1.3 Million Contract to Replace Woodleaf Road Bridge in Rowan County Monday, June 4, 2012

Project will improve safety, extend life of transportation system

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 transportation network.

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 the future.



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