NCDOT Awards $4 Million for Area Express Design-Build Bridge Replacements Tuesday, July 9, 2013

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 motorists.


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“By replacing these outdated bridges, we are ensuring the safety and reliability of important roadways that connect our communities,” said NCDOT Division 12 Bridge Manager Steve Rackley.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 Crouch Road;
  • 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 Church Road;
  • Iredell County: South Chipley Ford Road in Statesville. Traffic will take Red Chimney Road to N.C. 115 to Sullivan Farm Road; and
  • 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.







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