NCDOT Awards $6.4 Million for Bridge Replacements in Alamance and Orange Counties Monday, April 22, 2013

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a contract for the replacement of 11 bridges in Alamance County and three bridges in Orange County.
 
These projects are part of the NCDOT’s $450 million state-funded bridge plan for 2011-13, which invests in preserving, repairing or replacing bridges statewide. The $6.4 million express design-build contract was awarded to Haymes Brothers Inc. of Chatham, Va. Work can begin as early as April 29, with completion scheduled for no later than July 1, 2016.

Express design-build is different than traditional design-build, because it does not require a technical proposal. This is more efficient than traditional design-build for less complex projects that do not require additional right of way.

The following bridges will be replaced in Alamance County:
  • Swepsonville Road over Meadow Creek;
  • Holman Mill Road over Reedy Branch;
  • Beale Road over Rock Creek;
  • Staley Store Road over Greenbrier Creek and North Rocky River Prong;
  • Coble Mill Road over Cane Creek;
  • Mount Zion Road over Little Creek;
  • Lakeside Avenue over Servis Creek;
  • Quakenbush Road over Reedy Branch;
  • Rumley Road over Brickhouse Creek; and
  • Barber Road over a branch of Travis Creek.
The following bridges will be replaced in Orange County:
  • New Hope Church Road over Stoney Creek;
  • Mebane Oaks Road over Haw Creek; and
  • Saint Mary’s Road over an unnamed creek.
Dates for the individual bridge closures will be released once they are determined.

These bridges are considered to be structurally deficient or functional obsolete and have reached the end of their life cycle.  Many of these bridges currently have weight limits that do not allow school buses and some emergency vehicles to cross.  

The existing timber or steel-construction bridges are being replaced with precast cored slab structures that will carry water under the road.  This type of installation will significantly reduce the construction and future maintenance costs because they will be constructed with concrete and have fewer components that require regular maintenance.  With the exception of vegetation management, the structures are virtually maintenance free.

The structures will also accommodate all traffic, including trucks and emergency vehicles, as they will not be subject to load restrictions of the current bridges.

“We are ensuring the safety and reliability of our transportation infrastructure by replacing these outdated bridges,” said NCDOT Division 7 Engineer Mike Mills. “This contract is also a prime example of how we are making the most efficient use of limited resources.”
 
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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