RALEIGH — A
61-year-old bridge on Hickory Ridge Road over Reedy Creek in Cabarrus County
will be replaced later this year. The N.C. Department of Transportation has
awarded an $817,757 contract to TCB Builders LLC of Lexington to handle the
The bridge, located southeast of Harrisburg, is considered structurally
deficient and functionally obsolete. That means it is still safe, but has been
in deteriorating condition and was built to bridge design standards that are no
Work on the project can start as early as March 1, with the road
re-opening by Aug. 15. Additional planting and vegetation work at the project
site is expected to wrap up by Feb. 2014.
The replacement project means a signed detour for drivers using Hickory
Ridge Road. Motorists can use Rocky River Road and Lower Rocky River Road to
get around the bridge closure.
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.