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
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.