RALEIGH — The N.C.
Department of Transportation has awarded a $1.3 million contract to Devere
Construction Co. of Alpena, Mich. to replace the bridges on Little River Road
over Mud Creek near the Village of Flat Rock in Henderson County.
The bridges were built in the 1960s and need to be replaced
due to their age and condition. One of the bridges is considered structurally
deficient and functionally obsolete.
That means it is still safe, but has been in deteriorating
condition and was built to bridge design standards that are no longer used.
Work can start as early as March 15 and is scheduled for
completion by Oct. 1.
This project is part of the NCDOT’s $450 million state
funded bridge plan for 2011-13, which calls for preservation, repairs or
replacement of bridges statewide.
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.