RALEIGH — A $1.3 million contract has been
awarded to Smith-Rowe LLC of Mount Airy by the N.C. Department of
Transportation to replace the Roby Green Road bridge over the South Fork of the
New River northeast of Boone. Work can begin as early as Feb. 25 and be
completed by Oct. 28, 2014.
Traffic will be maintained on the
old bridge while the new bridge is built upriver west of the old bridge. Traffic
will then be shifted onto the new bridge and the old bridge will be taken down.
The bridge was built in 1959 and is
deemed functionally obsolete. This does not mean the bridge is unsafe, but
there are elements of the bridge that need to be monitored to maintain its
structural integrity. The new bridge will be able to accommodate larger
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.