RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation
Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to replace the bridge on Miller Boulevard over Slocum Creek in Craven County. The $2.8 million contract was awarded to Palmetto Infrastructure Inc. of Greenville, S.C. Work can begin as early as Oct. 1, with final completion scheduled for no later than May 15, 2013. The contractor can continue planting, reforestation and vegetation establishment work through Nov. 11, 2013.The existing bridge was built in 1925 and is deemed structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. This does not mean the bridge is unsafe, but there are elements of the bridge that needed to be monitored to maintain its structural integrity. This is one of 18 contracts totaling $205.8 million awarded by Conti in August 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 15.4 percent, or $37.4 million, below NCDOT estimates. Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 697 highway contracts totaling $4.9 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.