RALEIGH — A $584,984 contract has been awarded to
D.H. Griffin Infrastructure of Greensboro by the N.C. Department of
Transportation to replace a bridge, install a culvert and realign Big Horse
Creek Road near U.S. 19 East in Minneapolis. Work can begin between April 1 and
June 15, and must be completed by April 11, 2014.
The bridge was built in 1958 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.