RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation
Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to perform scour protection on three bents and rehabilitation of one bent on the Bonner Bridge over the Oregon Inlet in Dare County. Bents are commonly used to support beams and girders. The scour protection will consist of rock filled wire baskets being placed on the bottom of the inlet between the bridge supports and large sandbags being placed around the pilings.The $1.8 million contract was awarded to American Bridge Company Inc. of Coraopolis, Pa. Work can begin as early as Aug. 27, with final completion scheduled for no later than Dec. 1. The bridge repair work will ensure the bridge continues to serve as a viable transportation link to the Outer Banks until it is replaced.This is one of 24 contracts totaling $119.9 million awarded by Conti in July 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 9.5 percent, or $12.6 million, below NCDOT estimates. Since Gov. Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 678 highway contracts totaling $4.7 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.For more information about funding for infrastructure improvements in North Carolina, as well as other NCDOT projects and activities, visit www.ncdot.gov.