RALEIGH —N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a $561,550.01 contract to replace a bridge on Oakes Road over Wheat Swamp Creek in Greene and Lenoir counties. S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson was awarded the contract and construction can begin as early as Feb. 15, 2012.
All work except planting and reforestation is scheduled to be completed 120 days from the beginning of construction. The project is scheduled to be completely finished by Dec. 31, 2012.
This is one of 12 contracts totaling $32.1 million awarded by Conti for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina. NCDOT awarded the contracts to the lowest bidders, as required by state law. The bids received on the projects awarded came in about 6 percent, or about $2.1 million, below NCDOT estimates.
Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 439 highway contracts totaling $3.4 billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to jobs and educational opportunities.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, every $1 million spent on transportation creates 30 jobs, and according to the construction industry, every dollar invested in transportation generates $6 in economic impact.