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