RALEIGH — A 54-year-old bridge on Turnipseed Road southwest of Wendell in Wake County is set to be replaced. The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded an $883,338 contract to Fred Smith Co. of Raleigh to build a new bridge over Mark’s Creek.
This project is part of the department’s overall bridge program to improve the condition of the state’s bridges to provide better access and support economic growth. Turnipseed Road provides a connection between Wake and Johnston counties, but the current bridge is considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. That means it is still safe, but has needed increased monitoring and maintenance. Because of its condition the bridge has weight limits that don’t allow heavier vehicles to use it.
The new bridge will not be subject to those load restrictions and will accommodate all traffic, including trucks and emergency vehicles.
The replacement project can start between Nov. 1, 2013, and March 15, 2014, with the new bridge scheduled to be open for traffic within 164 days of the start date. Additional planting and vegetation work can take an additional six months.
A signed detour route will get motorists around the project site. It uses Buffalo Road and Lake Wendell Road in Johnston County, and Bissette Road, Smithfield Road and Major Slade Road in Wake County.
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.
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