— A $1.7 million contract has been
awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation to build a new bridge on U.S.
74 in Scotland County. The Tara Group of Lumberton Inc. was the low bidder to
build the bridge over Gum Swamp Creek, northwest of Laurinburg. It will become
part of I-74 westbound when the current highway is upgraded to interstate
new bridge replaces the 74-year-old structure currently in place. It was built
to bridge design standards no longer in use and is considered functionally
detour route will be needed around the project, as the new bridge will be built
alongside the current bridge, which will remain in use during construction.
project can start as early as Jan. 28 and should be finished by Sept. 15, 2014,
although vegetation and planting work could continue into March 2015.
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.
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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