SHELBY -- The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to replace two bridges over U.S. 52 in Surry County.
Smith-Rowe, LLC of Mount Airy was awarded the $3.1 million contract for both U.S. 52 bridge replacement projects. One of the bridges is on N.C. 268/South Key Street, in Pilot Mountain and the other is on Cook School Road near Pilot Mountain.
Work on the project will start in mid-June, when school is no longer in session. This should alleviate any traffic issues associated with school bus routes and give schools time to plan for alternate bus routes when students return this fall.
The existing N.C. 268/South Key Street bridge was built in 1960 and is considered functionally obsolete and structurally deficient. That means that although the bridge is safe, it was built to design standards no longer in use and requires significant maintenance to remain functional.
The existing Cook School Road bridge over U.S. 52 was built in 1953 and is considered functionally obsolete.
All work on the bridge replacement projects should be completed by late June 2016.
This is one of the 12 road and bridge contracts worth $403.6 million recently awarded by NCDOT for projects across North Carolina. The contracts were awarded to the lowest bidders, as required by state law. The low bids received on the projects were 2.4 percent, or just over $10 million below NCDOT estimates.