RALEIGH — A
61-year-old bridge that carries N.C. 24/27 traffic over U.S. 1 Business in
Cameron is going to be replaced. The N.C. Department of Transportation has
awarded a $1.6 million contract to R.E. Burns & Sons Co. of Statesville to
handle the project.
The bridge is considered structurally deficient and functionally
obsolete. Its remains safe for travel, but has needed an increasing amount of
maintenance, and was built to design standards
no longer used to handle the traffic volume at that intersection.
Construction work can begin anytime between Sept. 30, 2013 and Feb. 1,
2014, with the new bridge expected to be open within 285 days of the start
date. Additional planting and vegetation establishment can take up to another
Tearing down the old bridge means traffic for both N.C. 24/27 and U.S.
1 Business will be detoured. Motorists
on N.C. 24/27 will use already existing ramps for their detour. U.S. 1 Business
drivers will need to use N.C. 24/27, Dalrymple Road and Doby Road for a short period of
time during construction.
This is one of 12 contracts totaling $33.4 million awarded by NCDOT in
August 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 10.4 percent, or $3.9 million, below NCDOT
estimates. For more
information about funding for infrastructure improvements in North Carolina, as
well as other NCDOT projects and activities, visit www.ncdot.gov.