RALEIGH — Work will begin next month to replace the aging bridge on Old Mill Road over Reedy Creek in Davidson County. N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a $568,445 contract to R.E. Burns & Sons Inc. of Statesville to build the new bridge.
The existing 60-foot-long bridge was built in 1958, and its support structure is made mostly of wood. NCDOT data show the bridge has a sufficiency rating of 16.9 out of 100, and is considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. That does not mean the bridge is unsafe. It means that the bridge is not built to modern design standards and does not meet the needs of today’s traveling public.
The new bridge will be about 40 feet longer than the existing bridge and made of concrete. Construction work is scheduled to start on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. At that time, NCDOT will close the bridge to traffic and reroute vehicles along a posted detour, which will go from Perryman Road to N.C. 150 to Friendship Road. Electronic message boards will be on site in advance to alert drivers of the coming closure.
The project is set to be complete in May 2012. The new bridge will improve safety, make travel more efficient and help the area’s transportation network last longer.
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.