New Bridge Coming for NC 24/27 at U.S. 1 Business in Cameron Wednesday, September 4, 2013

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 180 days.

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

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