RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of
Transportation awarded a $766,422 contract to Dane Construction Inc. of
Mooresville to replace the Lowell Bethesda Road bridge over Duhart’s Creek in
Gastonia. Work can begin as early as March 15 and be completed by March 30, 2014.
The bridge was built in 1951 and is
deemed 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. The new bridge will be able to accommodate larger
There will be an off-site detour route around the project. Traffic traveling
north will take Cramerton-McAdenville Road to Gaston Avenue back to Lowell
Bethesda Road. Southbound traffic will reverse directions.
This is one of 23 contracts
totaling $145.7 million awarded by NCDOT in December 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 9.8 percent, or $15.8 million, below NCDOT estimates.