RALEIGH - N.C. Department of
Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to replace the U.S.
321 bridge over Cove Creek in Sugar Grove.
The $1.6 million contract was
awarded to James R. Vannoy & Sons Construction Co. of Jefferson. Work can
begin as early as June 25 and be completed by Jan. 28, 2014.
The new bridge will be built downstream
from the current structure. The project includes straightening U.S. 321 in the
area. During construction, traffic will be maintained on the current bridge. Once
the new bridge is completed, traffic will move onto the new structure while the
old bridge is removed and the area around it is landscaped.
The bridge was built in 1936 and is
deemed functionally obsolete. This does not mean the bridge is unsafe, but its layout
no longer meets current design standards for width, shoulders or rails. The new
bridge will be able to accommodate larger vehicles than the current bridge.
This is one of 30 contracts
totaling $109.3 million awarded 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 3.9
percent, or $4.4 million, below NCDOT estimates.
Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office
in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 631 highway contracts totaling $4.3
billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to jobs and
Gov. Perdue's proposed budget
continues to support an enhancing or expanding our transportation
infrastructure. In doing so, 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
According to the Federal Highway
Administration, every $1 million spent on transportation creates 30 jobs, and
according to the construction industry, every dollar invested in transportation
generates $6 in economic impact.