$675,961 Awarded to Replace Chatham County Bridge Monday, January 07, 2013

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $675,961 contract to Smith-Rowe LLC of Mount Airy to replace a 62-year-old bridge in Chatham County. The bridge on Coleridge Road over Brush Creek, west of Siler City, is considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. That means that while it remains safe, it requires repairs, needed to be replaced and was built to design standards no longer used for bridges.

Work on the project can begin anytime between Jan. 28 and April 1, with the new bridge opening within 135 days of the start. The contractor will then have 180 days to wrap up planting and vegetation work at the site.

Motorists will be detoured around the construction site by using Moons Chapel Road and Old U.S. 64.

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.

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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