NCDOT Awards $614,258 for Bridge Replacement in Wayne County Thursday, April 18, 2013

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $614,258 contract to S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson to replace the bridge on Oakland Church Road over Beaverdam Creek west of Goldsboro in Wayne County.  

Construction is currently scheduled to begin in early May, with the bridge opening to traffic no later than Sept. 1. All replanting of vegetation would be done by Feb. 28, 2014.

The bridge, which was constructed in 1950, is classified as 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.

“The new bridge will be wider to meet current design standards, making it safer for drivers,” said NCDOT Division Four Engineer John Rouse. “It also will be lengthened, so that during a storm there will be more room for water to flow under the bridge, lessening the chances for flooding on the bridge.”

The bridge site will be closed to traffic during construction and a detour will be in place. Motorists will use Oakland Church Road, Princeton Road and Old Smithfield Road to travel around the construction site.

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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