NCDOT Awards $648,213 for Bridge Replacement in Johnston County Thursday, April 18, 2013

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $648,213 contract to Fred Smith Co. of Raleigh to replace the bridge on Raleigh Road over Stony Fork Creek near Benson in Johnston County.  

“Johnston County is a rapidly growing area of the state,” said NCDOT Division Four Engineer John Rouse. “By replacing this bridge, we are improving the infrastructure for the people who currently call this area home, as well as for those who will in the future.”

The contract includes plans to build a new wider and longer bridge. Construction is currently scheduled to begin in early June, with the bridge opening to traffic no later than Nov. 1. All replanting of vegetation would be done by April 30, 2014.

The bridge, which was constructed in 1951, is classified as functionally obsolete. This does not mean the bridge is unsafe, but that its layout no longer meats current design standards for width, shoulders and rails.

The bridge site will be closed to traffic during construction and a detour will be in place. Motorists will use Shade Tree Road, Federal Road and Woodall Dairy 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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