NCDOT Awards $1.3 Million Contract to Replace Bridge on Skyline Drive over Southern Railway in Jackson County Tuesday, August 28, 2012

RALEIGH — 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 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 Aug. 27 and should be completed by Nov. 1, 2013.

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


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