RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation
Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract for preservation work on 12 bridges in Halifax, Nash and Northampton counties. The $2.9 million contract was awarded to G.A. & F.C. Wagman Inc. of York, Pa. Work can begin anytime between June 1 and March 1, 2013, with construction completed no later than 240 days after the start date. The preservation work will involve hydro-demolition, or the application of intense water pressure, to remove old concrete from the bridge deck. Then a new concrete overlay will be applied to the deck and the bridge will be repainted.The following bridges will be preserved in Halifax County: I-95 North over Fishing Creek near the Nash County line; I-95 South over Fishing Creek near the Nash County line; N.C. 481 over I-95 west of Enfield; N.C. 561 over I-95 east of Heathsville; Ringwood Road over I-95 south of Heathsville; Heathsville Road over I-95 southeast of Heathsville; Aurelian Spring Road over I-95 south of Roanoke Rapids; N.C. 903 over I-95 south of Roanoke Rapids; I-95 North over the Roanoke River in Roanoke Rapids; and I-95 South over the Roanoke River in Roanoke Rapids.The following bridges will be preserved in Nash County: I-95 North over Swift Creek north of exit 145 for N.C. 4; and I-95 South over Swift Creek north of exit 145 for N.C. 4.The following bridges will be preserved in Northampton County: I-95 North over the Roanoke River at the Halifax County line; I-95 South over the Roanoke River at the Halifax County line; N.C. 46 over I-95 north of the Halifax County line; N.C. 48 over I-95 northeast of Gaston; and Blythe Road over I-95 east of Gaston.This type of project is a way to extend the life of a bridge, and is done at a cost significantly lower than continually repairing or even replacing the bridge. It's part of the NCDOT's $430 million bridge plan for 2011-12, which calls for preservation, repairs or replacement of 450 bridges statewide.This is one of 24 contracts totaling $117.6 million awarded by Conti following NCDOT's April 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 17.5 percent, or $25 million, below NCDOT estimates. Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 599 highway contracts totaling $4.2 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.