RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $1.8 million contract to preserve three bridges in Beaufort, Carteret and Craven counties.
The Beaufort County bridge on U.S. 17 Business was built in 1928 in Beaufort and crosses over the Pamlico River. During the preservation work, crews will clean, paint and repair some of the structural steel.
The 49-year old Carteret County bridge on U.S. 70 in Newport will have some concrete repairs done as part of the preservation process.
The bridge on Maple Cypress Road over the Neuse River overflow in Craven County was built in 1972 and will have pile jacks installed.
This project is an important investment in the long term viability of the state’s transportation network and will help improve the local infrastructure. It is part of the department’s overall bridge program to improve condition of the state’s bridges to provide better access and support economic growth.
The contract was awarded to Freyssinet, Inc. of Sterling, Va., and work can begin as early as Dec. 1 and is scheduled for completion in February 2015.
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.