N.C. Department of Transportation
Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to preserve two bridges on I-240 over the French Broad River in Buncombe County.The $2.8 million contract was awarded to S&D Industrial Painting of Tarpon Springs, Fla., to preserve the bridge on I-240 East, which was constructed in 1968, and the bridge on I-240 West/U.S. 19/23 West, which was constructed in 1950. Work to preserve bridges involves resurfacing the bridge deck, painting structural steel, cleaning and painting bearings, repairing or replacing expansion joints and reinforcing the pile supports. The work can start as early as May 1 and must be completed within 450 days of the start date. This is one of 29 contracts totaling $167.9 million awarded recently 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 7.5 percent, or about $13.5 million, below NCDOT estimates. Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 540 highway contracts totaling $3.9 billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to jobs and educational opportunities.