RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation
has awarded a contract to replace the bridge on Old River Road over Johnson's Mill Run in Pitt County. The $1 million contract was awarded to T.A. Loving Co. of Goldsboro. Work can begin as early as Dec. 31, with final completion scheduled for no later than Aug. 28, 2013. The contractor can continue planting, reforestation and vegetation establishment work through Feb. 24, 2014. The bridge was built in 1968 and has the sufficiency rating of 38.1 out of 100. That does not mean that the bridge is unsafe. It means that the bridge has outlived its expected lifespan and no longer meets the needs of today's drivers.This is one of 22 contracts totaling $67.1 million awarded by Conti in November 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 6.2 percent, or $4.5 million, below NCDOT estimates. Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 749 highway contracts totaling $5.1 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.