RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to replace a bridge on Apple Tree Road and one on Pope Farm Road in Greene County.
Both bridges, which were built in 1960, cross Appletree Swamp and are considered structurally deficient. While the bridges are still safe, they require extensive maintenance and repair and needed to be replaced. The new bridges will be able to accommodate larger and heavier vehicles.
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 $1 million contract was awarded to Dellinger, Inc. of Monroe. The bridge replacements can begin as early as Jan. 1 and are scheduled for completion of all but landscaping by Oct. 1, 2014. Final completion is expected in March 2015.
This project is an important investment in the long term viability of the state’s transportation network and will help improve the overall health of the local infrastructure.
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.