NCDOT Awards $4.5 Million Design-Build Contract to Replace Bridges in Alexander and Cleveland Counties Tuesday, April 16, 2013

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a contract for the replacement of five bridges in Alexander County and one bridge in Cleveland County.

These projects are part of the NCDOT’s $450 million state-funded bridge plan for 2011-13, which invests in preserving, repairing or replacing bridges statewide. The $4.5 million express design-build contract was awarded to Apple Tuck & Associates Inc. of Rutherfordton. Work can begin as early as April 29, with completion scheduled for no later than Nov. 1, 2015.

“Express design-build allows us to replace older bridges quickly and more efficiently,” said NCDOT Division 12 Engineer Mike Holder. “This is part of building and maintaining a state transportation system that is second to none.”

Express design-build is different than traditional design-build, because it does not require a technical proposal. Each bridge will be designed, constructed and completed in eight months.

The following bridges will be replaced in Alexander County:

  • White Plains Road over Greasy Creek in Sharpes;
  • Silas Deal Road over Kirby Creek in Sugarloaf;
  • Chapman Mill Road over Lambert Creek in Ellendale;
  • Lindsay Bebber Road over Lambert Creek in Ellendale; and
  • Middle Road over Big Branch Creek in Millers.

The following bridge will be replaced in Cleveland County:

  • McGraw Road over Ashworth Creek Tributary 5 near Boiling Springs.

All of the bridges will be closed while they are replaced. Signed detour routes will be in place directing traffic around the bridge closures. Dates for the individual bridge closures will be released once they are determined.

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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