RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation
Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a design-build contract to replace 12 bridges in Johnston County. The $10.4 million contract was awarded to S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson. Work can begin as early as May 29, with construction completed no later than Nov. 1, 2015. The contract is among 17 to be let by June 2012 using a new concept called express design-build, which allows construction to go from zero to completion in eight months. The concept is more efficient than traditional methods of design-build projects in that it does not require a technical proposal; the contract award winner is selected solely on low bid. The projects will replace about 175 bridges across all 14 highway divisions. The following bridges will be replaced in Johnston County: Eldridge Road over Mill Creek northeast of Newton Grove; N.C. 210 over Swift Creek just west of Smithfield; N.C. 96 over Buffalo Creek north of Selma; N.C. 210 over Swift Creek just west of Smithfield; Juniper Church Road over Hannah Creek east of Benson; Benson-Hardee Road over East Mingo Swamp near Benson; Stage Road over Little Black Creek east of Angier; Old Beulah over Little River between Kenly and Selma; Shoeheel Road over Buffalo Creek north of Selma; Shoeheel Road over Long Branch north of Selma; Main Street over Buffalo Creek between Kenly and Selma; and Princeton Road over Moccasin Creek east of Smithfield.This is one of 24 contracts totaling $117.6 million awarded by Conti following NCDOT's April 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 17.5 percent, or $25 million, below NCDOT estimates. Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 36 design-build contracts totaling $1.8 billion. In addition to expediting construction, design-build projects utilize more private sector contractors, stimulating job creation.For more information about funding for infrastructure improvements in North Carolina, as well as other NCDOT projects and activities, visit www.ncdot.gov.