NCDOT Awards $1.5 Million Contract to Replace Bridge on Weyahutta Road over Tuckasegee River in Jackson County Thursday, August 09, 2012

RALEIGH — 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 statewide.

Work can begin as early as March 15, 2013 and should be completed by Nov. 1, 2014.

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 estimates.

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.

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