NCDOT Awards $1.1 Million Contract to Preserve Eight Bridges in Alamance and Orange Counties Wednesday, July 24, 2013

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $1.1 million contract to Seminole Equipment, Inc. of Tarpon Springs, Fla. to repair, clean and paint eight bridges in Alamance and Orange counties.

Four bridges will be preserved in Alamance County.  They are the Sartin Road, Altamahaw Union Ridge Road and Carolina Mill Road bridges over Stony Creek, and the Bellemont-Mt. Herman Road bridge over Stinking Quarter Creek.

In Orange County, the contract includes preservation of the U.S. 70/Churton Street bridge over the Eno River, the N.C. 86 bridge over I-85 and the I-85 bridges over Orange Grove Road.

Work on these bridges can begin as early as Aug. 1, and are scheduled to be completed by June 30, 2014.  Crews will repair any cracks in the concrete bridge support caps, then clean and paint the steel components with epoxy paint.

This bridge preservation project is a vital investment in the state’s transportation infrastructure.  The work will improve the overall condition of the bridges and is expected to extend their lifespan by as much as 10 years.

This project is part of NCDOT’s $450 million state-funded bridge plan for 2011-13, which calls for preservation, repairs or replacement of bridges statewide.  Under this plan, the department uses a preservation and rehabilitation approach when possible to make the best use of limited funds.  Instead of just replacing bridges across the board, strategic improvements are made to extend the life span of existing bridges at a significant cost savings. This approach allows the department to improve the overall condition of bridges across the state and stretch the taxpayers’ dollars much further.
This project 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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