NCDOT Awards $5.8 Million for Bridge Replacements in Alamance, Caswell and Orange Counties Thursday, June 13, 2013

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a contract for the replacement of nine bridges in Alamance, Caswell and Orange counties.
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 $5.8 million express design-build contract was awarded to Thompson-Arthur Division of APAC-Atlantic, Inc. of Greensboro. Work can begin as early as July 1, with completion scheduled for no later than Oct. 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:
  • Preacher Holmes Road over an unnamed creek;
  • Bass Mountain Road over Varnals Creek;
  • Bethel-South Fork Road over Pine Hill Branch;
  • Russell McPherson Road over Rock Creek; and
  • Altamahaw Race Track Road over an unnamed creek.
The following bridges will be replaced in Caswell County:
  • Underwood Road over Gray’s Branch; and
  • Oak View Loop Road over Burkes Creek.
The following bridges will be replaced in Orange County:
  • Mount Willing Road over Seven Mile Creek; and
  • Pearson Road over the South Fork Little River.
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 new bridges will accommodate all traffic, including trucks and emergency vehicles, as they will not be subject to load restrictions of the current bridges.

“By replacing these outdated bridges, we are ensuring the safety and reliability of important roadways that connect our communities,” said NCDOT Division 7 Engineer Mike Mills. “This contract is also an example of how we are making the most efficient use of limited funds to invest in our transportation infrastructure.”
This is one of 20 contracts totaling $165.1 million awarded by NCDOT in May 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.

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