RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation
has awarded a contract to replace the bridge on N.C. 99 over St. Clair Creek in Beaufort County. The $1.1 million contract was awarded to Palmetto Infrastructure Inc. of Greenville, S.C. Work can begin as early as Oct. 29, with final completion scheduled for no later than Oct. 15, 2013. The contractor can continue planting, reforestation and vegetation establishment work through April 13, 2014. The existing bridge was built in 1958 and is deemed structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. This does not mean the bridge is unsafe, but there are elements of the bridge that needed to be monitored to maintain its structural integrity. This is one of 14 contracts totaling $100.8 million awarded by Conti in September 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 11.3 percent, or $12.8 million, below NCDOT estimates. Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 712 highway contracts totaling $5 billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to jobs and educational opportunities. Gov. Perdue continues to support immediate jobs in the construction sector and the goal of ensuring that our transportation network facilitates access to jobs, education and healthcare for the future.