CHARLOTTE – The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $13.7 million contract to Blythe Development Co. of Charlotte to build a new bridge taking Grier Road over the Norfolk Southern Railroad in Charlotte.
This project is part of the Piedmont Improvement Program, a series of rail projects that will improve safety and mobility on the corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte. PIP projects are primarily funded by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and will be completed by Sept. 30, 2017. Citizens can view a map of the project corridor here.
Work can begin as early as July 1, with roadwork scheduled to be completed by June 15, 2015. Reforestation and vegetation establishment can continue through December 12, 2015.
This is one of 20 contracts totaling $165.1 million awarded by NCDOT this week 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 13.5 percent, or $25.8 million, below NCDOT estimates.