-- N.C. Department of Transportation
Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a $1.4 million contract for the preservation of the bridge on U.S. 19 East over the North Toe River in Spruce Pine in Mitchell County.The bridge was built in 1977. Bridge preservation involves resurfacing the bridge deck, painting structural steel, cleaning and painting bearings, repairing or replacing expansion joints and reinforcing the pile supports. The contract was awarded to Taylor & Murphy Construction Co. of Asheville. Work can begin as early as April 4 and is scheduled for completion by Aug. 31. This is one of 29 contracts totaling $167.9 million awarded recently 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 7.5 percent, or about $13.5 million, below NCDOT estimates.Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 540 highway contracts totaling $3.9 billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to jobs and educational opportunities.