N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a
$1.5 million contract to Mountain Creek Contractors Inc. of Catawba to replace
the bridge over the Tuckasegee River on Weyahutta Road near Cullowhee in Jackson County.
The bridge was built in 1965 and is considered structurally deficient
and functionally obsolete. While the bridge is still safe, it requires
extensive maintenance and repair and needed to be replaced. Lane and shoulder
width standards also don’t meet current standards. The new bridge will be able
to accommodate larger and heavier vehicles.
The bridge replacement is part of NCDOT’s $430 million bridge plan for
2011-12, which calls for preservation, repairs or replacement of 450 bridges
Work can begin as early as March 15, 2013 and should be completed by Nov.
This is one of 24 contracts totaling $119.9 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 9.5 percent, or $12.6 million, below NCDOT
Since Gov. Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded
678 highway contracts totaling $ 4.7 billion to ensure that all North
Carolinians have access to jobs and educational opportunities. 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.
For more information about funding for infrastructure improvements in
North Carolina, as well as other NCDOT projects and activities, visit www.ncdot.gov.