NCDOT Awards $1.7 Million to Replace Rocky Ford Road Bridge over South Fork of the Catawba River in Catawba County Tuesday, April 16, 2013

RALEIGH — A $1.7 million contract has been awarded to Country Boy Landscaping Inc. of Harmony by the N.C. Department of Transportation to replace the Rocky Ford Road bridge over the South Fork of the Catawba River near Newton. Work can begin as early as April 29 and be completed by Dec. 12, 2014.


‘This bridge replacement reinforces Governor McCrory’s vision to build and maintain a transportation system that is second to none,” said NCDOT Division 12 Engineer Mike Holder.


An off-site detour will be set up for the project. Eastbound traffic will take Rocky Ford Road to Hickory-Lincolnton Road to N.C. 10 to Startown Road. Westbound traffic will reverse directions.


The bridge was built in 1956 and is deemed both functionally obsolete and structurally deficient. 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, and its layout no longer meets current design standards for width, shoulders or railings. 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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