RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation
Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to replace the bridge over Stoney Creek on First Street Extension, northeast of Nashville in Nash County. The $1.2 million contract was awarded to Fred Smith Company of Raleigh. Work can begin as early as Feb. 27 and be completed by Dec. 31.The existing bridge was built in 1954 and is deemed structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. This does not mean the bridge is unsafe, but there are elements of the bridge that need to be monitored to maintain its structural integrity, and its layout no longer meets current design standards for width, shoulders or rails. The bridge will be closed to traffic during construction and a detour will be in place. Motorists will use U.S. 64 Business and Jenkins Road/Red Oak Road to travel around the construction site. This is one of 39 contracts totaling $203.2 million awarded by Conti this month for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina. NCDOT awarded the contracts to the lowest bidders, as required by state law. The contracts awarded came in about 2.9 percent, or about $6.2 million, below NCDOT estimates. Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 511 highway contracts totaling $3.8 billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to jobs and educational opportunities.For more information about funding for infrastructure improvements in North Carolina, as well as other NCDOT projects and activities, visit www.ncdot.gov.