NCDOT Awards $2.5 Million for Bridge Preservation in Carteret County Friday, September 07, 2012

RALEIGH — N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to preserve the bridge on N.C. 58 over the intracoastal waterway in Carteret County.

The $2.5 Million contract was awarded to Penhall Company of Anaheim, CA. Work can begin as early as Oct. 15, with final completion scheduled for no later than May 23, 2013.

The existing bridge was built in 1971 and is considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. This does not mean the bridge is unsafe, but there are elements of the bridge that need to be monitored to maintain its structural integrity, and its layout no longer meets current design standards for width, shoulders or rails.

This is one of 18 contracts totaling $205.8 million awarded by Conti in August 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 15.4 percent, or $37.4 million, below NCDOT estimates.
 
Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 697 highway contracts totaling $4.9 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.

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