NCDOT Awards Contracts Totaling $10.7 Million to Build Three New Bridges in Davidson County Tuesday, April 30, 2013

RALEIGH – N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata has awarded three contracts totaling $10.7 million for three bridge construction projects in Davidson County. Work on these projects is scheduled to start this spring.

•    The first contract will replace the bridge on U.S. 29/70/I-85 Business North over Rich Fork Creek in Lexington. The bridge was built in 1951 and has a sufficiency rating of 48.4 out of 100. That does not mean the bridge is unsafe. It means the bridge has outlived its expected lifespan and no longer meets the needs of today’s drivers.

NCDOT awarded the $1.8 million contract to Smith-Rowe LLC of Mount Airy to replace the aging bridge with one that meets modern design standards. With wider lanes, it will improve safety and help drivers reach their destinations more efficiently. Construction is scheduled to start as early as May, with final completion by May 15, 2014.

•    The second contract will build a bridge that carries Upper Lake Road over the Hamby Creek tributary and the Norfolk Southern/North Carolina Railroad in Lexington. The bridge will enhance safety by separating motor vehicle traffic from train traffic.

The $4.2 million contract was awarded to D.H. Griffin Construction Company LLC of Raleigh. Work is set to start as early as June, with final completion by May 15, 2015.

•    The third contract will construct a bridge to carry Turner Road over Hamby Creek and the Norfolk Southern/North Carolina Railroad in Lexington. By separating rail and highway traffic, the new bridge will improve safety and help motorists get where they need to go more easily.

NCDOT awarded the $4.7 million contract to Blythe Development Co. of Charlotte. The project is scheduled to start as early as June, with final completion by April 15, 2015.

These projects represent three 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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