RALEIGH — The N.C.
Department of Transportation has awarded a $4 million contract to Dellinger
Inc. of Monroe to replace five bridges in Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland,
Iredell and Lincoln counties. This project is part of NCDOT’s $450 million
state-funded bridge plan for 2011-13, which invests in preserving, repairing or
replacing bridges statewide.
The project can begin as early as
July 29 and must be completed by July 1, 2016 using the
express design-build method. 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 acquisition.
Each bridge will be designed, constructed and completed in eight
months. This method reduces overall construction time, helps the department
avoid cost inflation, allows the contractor to make innovations that save
taxpayers money, lessens environmental impact and alleviates driving delays for
The project will create private-sector contractor jobs immediately
while improving the economy over the long term through investments in bridge
and highway infrastructure.
“By replacing these outdated
bridges, we are ensuring the safety and reliability of important roadways that
connect our communities,” said NCDOT Division 12 Bridge Manager Steve Rackley.
“This project is an example of how we are making the most efficient use of
limited funds to invest in our transportation infrastructure.”
The work zone will be closed to
traffic, and off-site detours will be set up once the projects begin. The
bridges and their detours are:
- Alexander County: Old Landfill Road west of
Hiddenite. Traffic will take Macedonia Church Road to Paul Payne Store Road to
- Catawba County: Riverbend Road north of
Claremont. Traffic will take Rest Home Road to Oxford School Road;
- Cleveland County: North Lafayette Street in
Shelby. Traffic will take Blackwood Place to Ross Grove Road to East Zion
- Iredell County: South Chipley Ford Road in
Statesville. Traffic will take Red Chimney Road to N.C. 115 to Sullivan Farm
- Lincoln County: Reepsville Road in Vale. Traffic
will take Sain Milling Road to Plateau Road to Gilbert Sain Road to Zur Leonard
Road to Cat Square Road.
These bridges are considered to be structurally deficient or
functionally obsolete and have reached the end of their life cycle. This does
not mean the bridges are unsafe, but there are elements of the bridges that
need to be monitored to maintain structural integrity. Many of these bridges 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.
This is one of 29 contracts
totaling $107.5 million awarded by NCDOT in June 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 9.1 percent, or $10.7 million, below NCDOT estimates.