Columbus County to Receive a Pair of New Bridges Friday, November 22, 2013

RALEIGH — A pair of 62-year-old bridges on Peacock Road near Tabor City in Columbus County will soon to be replaced. The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $1.3 million contract to S & C Construction LLC. of Garland for new bridges over Grissett 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.

The bridges, located less than 1/2 mile apart, each carry two-way traffic, with one considered structurally deficient. It is still safe, but requires increased monitoring and maintenance, and needs to be replaced.

The project can start after Nov. 25, 2013, with the new bridges scheduled to be open for traffic within nine months of the start date. Additional planting and vegetation work can take an additional six months.

A signed detour route will get drivers around the project site. It uses Mollie Iron Hill Road, Jim Jolly Road and Walter Todd Road in the Iron Hill community, east of Tabor City.

This was one of 22 contracts worth $76.5 million awarded by NCDOT on the latest list of projects for roads and bridges across the state. They were awarded to the lowest qualified bidder, as required by state law. The winning bids came in $3.5 million, about 4.4 percent, under DOT engineers' estimates.

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