NCDOT Awards $1 Million for Bridge Replacement in Rockingham County Friday, April 19, 2013

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $1 million contract to Smith-Rowe, LLC of Mount Airy to replace the bridge on Cardinal Road over Little Beaver Island Creek in Rockingham County.  
Construction is scheduled to begin as early as April 29, with the bridge opening to traffic no later than Sept. 15. All replanting of vegetation will be complete by March 14, 2014.

The bridge, which was constructed in 1969, was closed in March 2012 after a routine inspection revealed rusting of the steel supports under the bridge.  The bridge was originally scheduled to be replaced in 2015, but NCDOT accelerated the bridge replacement project in lieu of a costly short-term repair.

“We have accelerated the replacement of this bridge in order to make the best use of the department’s resources and minimize the inconvenience to motorists in the area,” said Division 7 Engineer Mike Mills. “The new bridge will meet current design standards for lane width and weight capacity, improving the safety and mobility of the traveling public.”

Cardinal Road will remain closed to traffic during construction of the new bridge.  Motorists should use the following signed detour:
  • N.C. 704 to Island Drive to U.S. 311/West Academy Street to K-Fork Road to Cardinal Road.
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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