- N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract for preservation work on 10 bridges in Henderson and Polk counties. The work includes painting structural steel, as well as cleaning and painting bearings.The $2.4 million contract was awarded to Taylor and Murphy Construction Co. of Asheville. Work can begin between May 1 and Oct. 1 and must be completed 330 days after the start date. The following bridges will be preserved in Henderson County: On I-26/U.S. 74 East over Macedonia Road near Saluda; On I-26/U.S. 74 East and I-26/U.S. 74 West over Norfolk Southern Railroad near Naples; On I-26/U.S. 74 East and I-26/U.S. 74 West over Cane Creek near Fletcher; On N.C. 191 over the French Broad River near Mills River; and On U.S. 64 over I-26/U.S. 74 in Hendersonville.The following bridges will be preserved in Polk County: On I-26 East and West over Holbert Cove Road in Saluda; and On N.C. 108 over I-26 in Columbus.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.For more information about funding for infrastructure improvements in North Carolina, as well as other NCDOT projects and activities, visit www.ncdot.gov.