RALEIGH — A $341,689 contract has been awarded to
Smith-Rowe LLC of Mount Airy by the N.C. Department of Transportation to
replace the West Meadows Road Bridge over Moravian Creek south of Moravian
Falls. Work can begin between March 15 and June 1, and must be completed by March
When needed, traffic will use an off-site detour route. Traffic will
take N.C. 16 to East Brocktown Road back onto West Meadows Road to get around
The bridge was built in 1959 and is
deemed both functionally obsolete and structurally deficient. 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, and its layout no longer meets
current design standards for width, shoulders or railings.
The new bridge will be able to
accommodate larger vehicles than the current bridge. By replacing it, NCDOT
will improve motorist safety, make travel more efficient and help the local
transportation network last longer.
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.