RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a $10.1 million contract to replace the bridges on U.S. 17/158 over Knobb's Creek north of Elizabeth City.
The contract was awarded to English Constructing Co. of Lynchburg, Va. Work can begin as early as July 30 and be completed by May 13, 2016.The north bound bridge, which was built in 1940, is deemed structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. The south bound bridge was built in 1962 and is deemed structurally deficient. This does not mean the bridges are unsafe, but that their layout no longer meets current design standards for width, shoulders or rails. While trafficwill be maintained throughout the project site, motorists traveling on U.S. 17/258 should remain alert to lane shifts and construction activities.This is one of 23 contracts totaling $246.7 million awarded by Conti following NCDOT's June contract letting 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 5.9 percent, or $15.4 million, below NCDOT estimates. Gov. Bev 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 the future.
Since Gov. Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 654 highway contracts totaling $4.5 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.