RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to replace the bridge on U.S. 301 over I-95 in Lumberton.
The $12.6 million contract was awarded to Devere Construction Co. of Alpena, Mich. Work will begin next month and be completed by November 2014.
The contract includes replacing the existing bridge with a diverging diamond interchange over I-95, which will allow two directions of traffic to temporarily cross to the left side of the road. This DDI will move high volumes of traffic through the U.S. 301 intersection while providing easier access to I-95.
This is one of 24 contracts totaling $119.9 million awarded in July 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 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.