RALEIGH — N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to preserve bridges in Buncombe County.
The $3.3 million contract was awarded to American Contracting and Services Inc. of Jeffersonville, Ind. 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 250 days after the starting date. Traffic will be maintained on site with occasional lane closures on all bridges only at night, with the exception of the Interstate 26 West bridge over I-40 East.
The following bridges will be preserved in Buncombe County:
· On I-26 West over I-40 East/I-240 on-ramp;
o During this preservation project, the ramp at Exit 31B from I-26 West to I-40 West will be closed nightly from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. Motorists will be detoured to I-40 East to Brevard Road (Exit 47) back to I-40 West.
· On U.S. 25/70 over U.S. 19/23 in Weaverville;
· On N.C. 191 over I-26;
· On Elk Mountain Road over U.S. 19/23/25/70/I-26 in Woodfin; and
· On Monticello Road over U.S. 19/23 in Weaverville.
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.