$2.9 Million Contract Awarded to Replace Slabs on Two Bridges in Carteret County Friday, September 13, 2013

RALEIGH — Mother Nature is wreaking havoc on the concrete slabs on two U.S. 70 bridges in Carteret County. In order to sustain the safety and durability of these bridges, NCDOT has awarded a $2.9 million contract to Smith-Rowe, LLC of Mount Airy to replace the slabs.

The strength of these slabs has decreased over the years as strong winds and storms have produced waves that splash the salt water onto the 36-year old bridges. When the salt water gets inside the concrete, it eventually eats away at the rebar and cables, which strengthen the slabs.

Work on both bridges can begin as early as Oct. 1. The first bridge, over Ward Creek, is scheduled for completion 135 days after the start date. The second bridge crosses Oyster Creek and is scheduled for completion 300 days after the start date.

During the work on both bridges, traffic will be reduced to one lane controlled by temporary signals.
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.


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