RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation
Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to replace the bridge on U.S. 264 over Broad Creek in Beaufort County. The $1.5 million contract was awarded to T.A. Loving Company of Tarboro. Work can begin as early as Nov. 26, with final completion scheduled for no later than May 30, 2014. The existing bridge was built in 1925 and is deemed structurally deficient. 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 15 contracts totaling $73.6 million awarded by Conti in October 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 9.1 percent, or $7.4 million, below NCDOT estimates. Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 727 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.