NCDOT Awards $3.6 Million for N.C. 150 Bridge Preservation Work Over Lake Norman Thursday, December 06, 2012

RALEIGH — N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti awarded a contract to preserve the N.C. 150 bridge over Lake Norman at the Catawba and Iredell County line.


The $3.6 million contract was awarded to American Bridge Company of Coraopolis, Pa. This project is part of the NCDOT’s $430 million bridge plan for 2011-12, which calls for preservation, repairs or replacement of 450 bridges statewide.


The work will include removing some of the deck and replacing it with a latex modified concrete overlay, as well as cleaning and painting structural steel and bearings. The latex modified concrete will reduce infiltration of water and salt below the roadway surface, extend the life of the pavement longer than regular concrete, and improve the ride quality for motorists. It also sets and hardens faster, allowing for a quicker re-opening of the bridge lanes than typical concrete, which is important on a heavily-traveled road such as N.C. 150.


This project will extend the life of the bridge at a cost significantly lower than continually repairing or even replacing it. The work will also minimize the frequency of future maintenance on the bridge, which will mean less disruption to traffic in the area.


The work can start between April 1, 2013 and June 1, 2013 and must be completed 360 days after the starting date. Traffic will be maintained onsite with occasional lane closures only at night.


This was one of 22 contracts totaling $67.1 million awarded by 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.


Since 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 the future.


 

 

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