NCDOT Awards $11.9 Million Contract to Replace Bridges on I-240 over Hominy Creek Road in West Asheville Monday, September 17, 2012

RALEIGH — N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded an $11.9 million contract to DeVere Construction Co. of Alpena, Mich., to replace the pair of bridges on I-26 eastbound and westbound between NC 191 (Brevard Road) and Interstate 40 in Buncombe County.

The bridges were constructed in 1966. The bridges are considered structurally deficient. While the bridges are still safe, they require extensive maintenance and repair and needed to be replaced. 

Work can begin as early as Oct. 1 and should be completed by Nov. 1, 2015. The highway will remain open during construction except for occasional nighttime lane closures.

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.

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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