NCDOT Awards $341,689 to Replace the West Meadows Road Bridge over Moravian Creek in Wilkes County Thursday, January 31, 2013

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 28, 2014.


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 project.


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.




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