|NCDOT Awards $8.9 Million Design-Build Contract to Replace Seven Bridges and Five Culverts in Dare and Hyde Counties
||Wednesday, August 08, 2012
RALEIGH — N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a $8.9 million design-build contract to replace seven bridges and 5 culverts in Dare and Hyde counties.
The contract was awarded to Corman Construction Inc, of Annapolis Junction, Md. Work can begin as early as Aug. 27 and be completed by Nov. 1, 2015.
The five bridges in Dare County being replaced are located on:
• U.S. 264 over Deep Creek in Manns Harbor;
• U.S. 264 over Pains Bay Canal in Manns Harbor;
• U.S. 264 near Lake Worth Road over Stumpy Point Bay in Stumpy Point;
• U.S. 264 near Bayview Drive over Stumpy Point Bay in Stumpy Point; and
• U.S. 264 near Point Peter Road over canal in Stumpy Point.
The two bridges in Hyde County being replaced are located on:
• Higginsport Road over a canal from Rutman Creek in Ponzer; and
• Piney Woods Road over Burrus Canal in Fairfield.
The five culverts in Hyde County being replaced are all located on N.C. 94 over Lake Mattamuskeet.
The design-build method allows the 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 state-funded Bridge Improvement Program is utilizing a new project procurement process called express design-build, which can go from zero to construction in a short period of time, typically between eight to 12 months after the contract is awarded. The process provides a faster procurement time than the traditional design-build methodology in that contractors are not required to submit a technical proposal.
More than 160 bridge replacement projects were awarded this past year and 150 more bridge replacement projects across all 14 highway divisions are anticipated to be awarded utilizing the express design-build process over the next fiscal year.
The NCDOT's mission is to ensure that the state's transportation infrastructure is a safe, efficient, and reliable network that promotes connectivity for the citizens and businesses in the state. Improving the overall health of our bridges is a vital part of this overarching initiative, and express design-build is playing an important role in helping NCDOT achieve that goal.
Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 42 design-build contracts totaling $1.9 billion. In addition to expediting construction, design-build projects utilize more private sector contractors, stimulating job creation.