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
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.