RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation
Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to replace the bridge on Springfield Road over the Tar River north of Rocky Mount in Edgecombe County. The $1.6 million contract was awarded to United Contractors LLC of Great Falls, S.C. Work can begin as early as June 1 and be completed by Dec. 31. The existing bridge was built in 1954 and is deemed 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. The bridge will be closed to traffic during construction and a detour will be in place. Northbound vehicular traffic on Springfield Road will turn right on Leggett Road and left on N.C. 97 to travel around the construction site. Northbound truck traffic will turn left on Leggett Road and follow until it turns into Myrtle Avenue, right on East Grand Avenue/N.C. 43 Business and right on N.C. 97. Southbound traffic will follow the reverse routes.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.