RALEIGH — The N.C.
Department of Transportation has awarded a $2.6 million contract for a new
bridge on U.S. 401 over the Lumber River at the Hoke-Scotland County line near
Wagram. The Tara Group of Lumberton was awarded the contract to replace the
64-year-old structure. It is considered functionally obsolete, which means
while it is safe, it was not built to current design standards and is unable to
properly handle the volume of traffic it now carries.
A temporary bridge will be built
parallel to the current bridge to handle traffic during the construction so
drivers won’t have to deal with a detour.
Work on the project can begin as early
as Dec. 31, with the new bridge in place by Nov. 15, 2014. Additional planting
and vegetation work can take until May 14, 2015.
is one of 22 contracts totaling $67.1 million awarded by Secretary Conti in
November 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 6.2 percent, or $4.5 million,
below NCDOT estimates.
Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 749 highway
contracts totaling $5.1 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
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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