- N.C. Department of Transportation
Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a $2.1 million contract to Palmetto Infrastructure of Greenville, S.C., to preserve six bridges in Caswell and Rockingham counties. Work can begin anytime between May 1 and Sept. 1 and is scheduled for completion within 357 days of the start date. In Caswell County, crews will apply an epoxy overlay to the bridge over the Dan River on N.C. 63 in order to preserve the bridge deck and extend the lifespan of the bridge. In Rockingham County, the northbound and southbound bridges over the Haw River and Troublesome Creek on U.S. 29 and the bridge over U.S. 29 on U.S. 29 Business will be rehabilitated using a new resurfacing technique called hydro-demolition. During this resurfacing process, the deteriorated concrete on the bridge deck will be removed in part using high-pressured water and the bridge will be resurfaced using high-strength concrete.Hydro-demolition is more precise than traditional pavement removal with a jackhammer, and it reduces the potential for damage to the bridges. In addition, hydro-demolition is safer and faster than traditional demolition methods and minimizes the impact to traffic. This is one of 34 contracts totaling $130.8 million awarded by Conti following NCDOT's March 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 1.4 percent, or $118.8 million, below NCDOT estimates. Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 575 highway contracts totaling $4.1 billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to jobs and educational opportunities.