NCDOT Awards $371,613 Contract to Replace Mill Pond Road Bridge over the Middle Little River in Caldwell County Tuesday, April 16, 2013

RALEIGH — A $371,613 contract has been awarded to R.E. Burns & Sons Inc. of Statesville by the N.C. Department of Transportation to replace the Mill Pond Road bridge over the Middle Little River near the Caldwell County/Alexander County line. Work can begin as early as April 29 and be completed by Feb. 28, 2014.


“Bridge replacements are a key component in our efforts to build and maintain a transportation system that is second to none,” said NCDOT Division 11 Engineer Mike Pettyjohn.


An off-site detour will be set up for the project. Eastbound traffic will take Mill Pond Road to Duck Creek Road to Brush Mountain Road to Taylorsville Road (U.S. 64/N.C. 90) to Houck Mountain Road. Westbound traffic will reverse directions.


The bridge was built in 1962 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 vehicles.


This is one of 27 contracts totaling $106.9 million awarded by NCDOT in March 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 5.3 percent, or $5.9 million, below NCDOT estimates.



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