RALEIGH — A pair of 61-year-old bridges on Green’s Bridge Road in Garland are set to be replaced. The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded an $1.2 Million contract to United Contractors, Inc. of Iowa to build new bridges over the South River and South River Overflow.
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. The current bridges are considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. This means the bridges are safe, but need to be replaced to meet current and future traffic demands. The new bridges will not be subject to load restrictions and will accommodate all traffic, including trucks and emergency vehicles.
The bridge replacements can begin as early as Oct. 28 and are scheduled for completion of all but landscaping by Sept. 15, 2014. Final completion is expected in March 2015.
A section of Green’s Bridge Road will be closed between N.C. 210 and Old Tom Morris Road. A signed detour route will get motorists around the project site. It uses N.C. 210, Helltown Road and N.C. 411.
This is one of 11 contracts totaling $285.6 million awarded by NCDOT in September 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 9.7 percent, or $7.4 million, below NCDOT estimates.