RALEIGH — A $645,000
contract has been awarded to the Fred Smith Co. of Raleigh by the N.C.
Department of Transportation to replace a 55-year-old bridge in Warren County.
The bridge on Burchette Road over Newman’s Creek is located near I-85 and the Virginia state line.
It is considered functionally obsolete, which means it was built to
standards no longer used for bridges.
Construction can start anytime between Feb. 25 and April 15, with a new
bridge open within 135 days of the start. Additional planting and vegetation
work at the project site is scheduled to be complated by Feb. 24, 2014.
The replacement project means Burchette Road will be closed at that
location. A signed detour will be in place, sending motorists along Ellington
and Drewry roads to get to each side of the closure.
This is one of 24 contracts totaling $59.9 million awarded by NCDOT in
January 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 4.8 percent, or $3.1 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.