Work Starts Monday on Replacing Two Bridges on Water Tank Road; Part of contract to replace four bridges in Columbus County Friday, October 25, 2013

RALEIGH — Work begins at 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, on an N.C. Department of Transportation project to replace two bridges along Water Tank Road near Delco in Columbus County, shutting down a section of that road until early next year. The replacement work is part of a $2.3 million contract awarded to Smith-Rowe LLC of Mount Airy to build four new bridges in the county.

The structures on Water Tank Road over Livingston Creek between Dogwood Stand Road and Lennon Road are 60 years old, with one of them considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. That means the bridge is still safe, but is in deteriorating condition and needs to be replaced.

A signed detour will be in place to get motorists around the closure, sending them onto Livingston Chapel Road, Lennon Road and Delco Prosper Road. The new bridges should in open in March 2014. That will be followed by the start of the other two bridge replacements on Swimming Hole Road, also over Livingston Creek.

This project is part of the department’s express design-build program, which allows construction to go from zero to completion in just eight months. This is more efficient than traditional design-build for less complex projects that do not require additional right of way. The design-build method allows the design, environmental permitting, utility relocation and construction to take place at the same time, under one contract. This method reduces overall construction time, allows the contractor to make innovations that save taxpayers money, lessens the environmental impact and alleviates driving delays for motorists.

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