RALEIGH — The N.C.
Department of Transportation has awarded a contract worth $466,169 to S.T.
Wooten Corp. of Wilson to replace a bridge on Grasshopper Road in southeast
The new bridge will replace a
55-year-old structurally deficient and functionally obsolete span over Poplar
Creek. Although still safe, the current bridge has been in deteriorating
condition and was built to bridge design standards that are no longer used.
Work on the project can start as early
as March 15, and the bridge should be open to traffic by July 1. Some
additional planting and vegetation work may take until the end of the year.
Motorists will be diverted around the
bridge closure, with a signed detour using Smithfield Road, Poole Road and
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
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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