N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a
$1.3 million contract to Simpson Construction Co. of Cleveland, Tenn., to
replace the bridge over Southern Railway on Skyline Drive in Jackson County.
The bridge was built in 1922 and is considered structurally deficient.
While the bridge is still safe, it requires extensive maintenance and repair and
needed to be replaced. The new bridge will be able to accommodate larger and
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 Aug. 27 and should be completed by Nov. 1,
This is one of 25 contracts totaling $121.2 million awarded by Conti
in July 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 9.4 percent, or $12.6 million,
below NCDOT estimates.
Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has
awarded 679 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.