RALEIGH —Work will begin this spring on a project to replace the bridge over the CSX
Railroad on Cherry Mountain Street near the town of Bostic in Rutherford
The N.C. Department of Transportation
recently awarded a $1.3 million contract to DeVere Construction Co. of Alpena,
Mich. to replace the bridge. Work is scheduled to begin March 1 and should be
completed by April 30, 2014.
The bridge was built in 1950 and is considered
functionally obsolete. While the bridge is still safe, lane and shoulder width
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
This is one of 15 contracts totaling $73.6 million recently awarded by
Transportation Secretary Gene 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 9.1
percent, or $7.4 million, below NCDOT estimates.
Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has
awarded 727 highway contracts totaling $5 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.