RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation
Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a $2 million contract to Dane Construction Inc. of Mooresville to replace two bridges over Black Creek north of Benson in Johnston County. The contract includes plans to replace the bridge on Federal Road over Black Creek east of I-40 and the bridge on N.C. 50 over Black Creek west of I-40. The existing bridge on Federal Road was built in 1956 and is deemed structurally deficient. The existing bridge on N.C. 50 was built in 1941 and is deemed structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. This does not mean the bridges are unsafe, but there are elements of the bridges that need to be monitored to maintain their structural integrity, and their layouts no longer meet current design standards for width, shoulders or rails. Work can begin as early as June 1. The bridge on Federal Road will be constructed first, with final completion scheduled by Dec. 1. The bridge on N.C. 50 will then be constructed and be completed by Dec. 31, 2013. The bridges will be closed to traffic during construction and signed detours will be in place. This is one of 39 contracts totaling $203.2 million awarded by Conti this month for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina. NCDOT awarded the contracts to the lowest bidders, as required by state law. The contracts awarded came in about 2.9 percent, or about $6.2 million, below NCDOT estimates. Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 511 highway contracts totaling $3.8 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.